In early December Patently Apple posted a report titled “French Group called ‘Attac’ Disrupts Apple Stores throughout France demanding Apple Pay their Fair Share of taxes.” Today we’re learning that Apple has filed a lawsuit against the Attac activist group.
France’s publication ‘The Local’ reports that “An Apple spokesman told AFP on Thursday that while it respected the group’s right to expression, its recent actions had ‘put the security of our customers and employees at risk.’
It is seeking 3,000 euros ($3,600) from Attac, or the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Aid to Citizens, and a court order barring the group from staging further protests in its stores, for which they would face a penalty of 150,000 euros or $180,963.00.
The company said it had met with representatives on December 18 and asked them to refrain from further actions because of security concerns.”
The Apple spokesman stated that “Even if we don’t share their opinion, we fully recognize their right to express it.”
The report later noted that “Dominique Plihon, a spokesman for Attac France, said the lawsuit was “an attempt to gag Attac and prevent us from holding new citizen actions to condemn tax evasion by multinationals”. For more on this, read the full report here.
It’s a bit odd that Apple is suing France’s ‘Attac’ activist group and yet never sued U.S. based Black Lives Matter for staging protests in Apple Stores like the one in Philadelphia or in New York. Will Apple’s new legal strategy extend to in-store protests anywhere in the world or will they exclude U.S. protests? Only time will tell.
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