Apple alleges in a lawsuit that Canadian recycler Geep Canada sold approximately 100,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches, which the recycler had received to be taken apart and recycled.
Apple has long been working to increase how much it recycles, and even as it attempts to move more of that process in house, it still continues to rely on certain partner companies. Since 2014, that’s included Geep Canada, the electronics recycling firm which Apple is reportedly now suing.
According to The Logic, Apple estimates that Geep Canada stole around 100,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches that it had been hired to recycle.
Geep does not deny the thefts, but has filed a counter suit claiming that they were conducted by three “rogue” employees without the knowledge of the company. Apple argues that these employees were in fact senior management at the firm.
Apple is seeking full recovery of the profits made from the resale of these devices, plus $31 million Canadian ($22.7 million US).
MacDailyNews Take: Seems like a pretty simple case: Canadian recycler Geep Canada was contracted by Apple to do a job and they failed to do the job for which they were contracted. We’ll see how it shakes out in court.