Russian law firm is suing Apple for $1.3 million after the company pulled its payment service from the country

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Moscow-based law firm Chernyshov, Lukoyanov and Partners said on Friday it was suing the tech giant, accusing it of violating the rights of Russian consumers by limiting the use of its Apple Pay service, according to Reuters.

The law firm said it has filed a lawsuit in a Moscow court and is seeking compensation for damages, including “moral damages”, Reuters reported.

The law firm said the restriction of services reduced the value of Apple devices, which it said was unfair and discriminatory under Russian law, Reuters reported.

The law firm said it was still inviting plaintiffs to join the lawsuit, which could increase the total damages sought, according to Reuters. He also wants Apple to fully resume operation of its payments service in Russia, Reuters reported.

Insider contacted Grigory Chernyshov, a partner at the law firm, but did not immediately get a response.

Apple did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment made outside of normal working hours.

Apple released a statement in March after suspending its services, saying it was “deeply concerned about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and standing with all those who suffer as a result of the violence.”

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