According to reports, a Russian law firm filed a lawsuit against Apple on Friday, seeking $1.28 million in damages for Russian customers who lost money as a result of the company’s decision to discontinue its payment service in the country.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.
On March 1, in response to Moscow’s deployment of troops to Ukraine, Apple disabled its built-in Apple Pay service, violating Russian consumers’ rights, according to Lukoyanov & Partners.
According to the complaint that was allegedly filed in a Moscow court, 90 million rubles are sought as compensation for “moral damage” to the citizens.
Senior Partner Konstantin Lukoyanov stated that Apple’s primary US subsidiary had made the decision to suspend sales of Apple products and restrict services offered in Russia.
The final tally may rise as the law firm continues to extend an invitation to additional claimants.
A statement from the company stated that “therefore, our lawsuit’s claims are aimed first at the parent company, and secondly, at its subsidiaries.”
In their opinion, Apple’s decision to discontinue Apple Pay services in Russia was unfair and discriminatory because it reduced the functionality and, as a result, the price of the devices sold in the country.
It’s worth noting that the same law firm is also suing Netflix for similar reasons after the streaming service abruptly ended its Russian service in March.