Recently in Australia, Samsung is facing a lawsuit over allegations that the galaxy phones can be used under water. The country’s competition regulator filed a lawsuit against Samsung. They alleged that the ads were misleading. Samsung says that its devices are water resistant up to 1.5 meters deep for about 30 minutes and even showed them being used in oceans and swimming pools. “Samsung’s advertisements falsely and misleadingly represented Galaxy phones would be suitable for use in all types of water, including in ocean water and swimming pools. However they would not be affected by such exposure to water,” Rod Sims, chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, said in a statement on Thursday.
If the suit is upheld, Samsung could face fines worth millions of dollars. Following a recent change in the law, the maximum penalty for each violation after September 1, 2018, is 10 million Australian dollars ($7 million).
The Australian regulator said that Samsung didn’t have “a reasonable basis” for claiming its phones were water resistant because the company refused to honor warranties on some devices that were damaged when used in water. Samsung is the second largest smartphone brand in Australia, behind Apple. The South Korean company sold more than 4 million devices in Australia last year, according to research firm Canalys.