Greek Apple Support Company Sues Customer For Complaining About Service

from the not-a-way-to-win-business dept

A bunch of folks have been sending in this story about how Greek firm Systemgraph, which is an official support partner of Apple in Greece, is apparently suing a customer who complained online about the bad experience he had with Systemgraph. Apparently, the customer, Dimitris Papadimitriadis, brought his iMac into Systemgraph to be repaired because he had noticed “dark patches” on the screen. The company said it would clean out the machine and replace the LCD. However, after Papadimitriadis got the machine back, he felt the problem had become worse, not better. The company offered to try to do the fix all over again, but the guy no longer trusted the company — and noted that under Greek law, he’s entitled to ask for a refund or a replacement for the machine. Systemgraph responded by noting that since the machine wasn’t bought through them, they weren’t responsible for offering a replacement machine.

I actually agree that it seems like a stretch to demand a new machine from the repair company, but I’m not familiar with the specifics of Greek consumer protection law on the subject. Even so, what happened next is pretty silly on the part of Systemgraph. After Papadimitriadis wrote about his bad experience with the company, Systemgraph sued him for defamation, demanding €200,000 for damaging its reputation. Of course, it wasn’t Papadimitriadis who damaged the company’s reputation — but the company’s failure to properly fix his machine. And, in the long run, it seems like suing a customer — even a disgruntled one — is much more likely to damage one’s reputation, than any random online review.

Filed Under: , ,
Companies: apple

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Greek Apple Support Company Sues Customer For Complaining About Service”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Mr Claypole (profile) says:


He doesn’t appear to be making anything up; he posted a bad review based on the fact that they failed to repair his product, and by all accounts actually made it worse. He then asked for a new unit, and they refused. If those are the facts, then how can he be sued for defamation?

As for his rights under Greek law, I suspect it may be related to his insistence that they actually caused more damage to the unit while attempting to repair it. If they’ve further damaged the computer, perhaps Greek Law decrees that they should replace it entirely.

Anonymous Coward says:


lets see… hes trying to slander a service provider for not living up to the warranty sellers legal requirements, he refused to allow them to fix what might have been an honest mistake, and instead threw a hissy fit to get a new computer.

what more proof do you need?

oh, you want to see whether or not he “made up” the dark splotches? I’m sure alot of people would like to see this proof.

Richard (profile) says:


Treat good customers with respect.

Yes – and at the start ALL customers have to be regarded as good customers. You have to trust people at the start or you will soon have NO customers.

It seems to me that this guy has a good case. He was sold a defective product and deserves a replacement not kust a repair that doesn’t work.
Probably his legal rights were initially against the seller – but the cost will all come back to the manufacturer in the end anyway – so these actions by the service agent are a waste of time and effort. What they are trying to do is to fob this guy off and get him to go away – it’s a bad move that will backfire.

Michial Thompson (user link) says:

"In his opinion" WTF

Assuming the facts are straight, he took it in for repairs, they did something and returned it and he feels it’s not right, so they OFFERED to take it back and do more…

Seems to me they have done their part. They sold NOTHING, the did a repair and the guy feels it’s no better than before. So they offered to make that right…

The guy needs more than a lawsuit, he needs a pipe upside the head for being STUPID… Then again little mikee feels the company should just cave in and give him exactly what he wants…. Because EVERYTHING should be free in little mikee’s world…

redrum says:

Fix dark patches in an LCD screen?

That’s the part that I can’t get past. How would one do this? Either the screen is working or not. And if not, it’s an easy and cheap job to replace the LCD. I just don’t see how you can fix it though. They either did A) nothing and claimed to repair it, or B) they replaced the LCD with a unit that was worse/used/whatever. But that should’ve been pretty obvious to the tech who replaced it.

It looks to me like they were the ones who tried to pull a fast one, and then freaked when called on it.

abc gum says:


To recap, here are two of your statements from above:

“he’s making shit up to demand things he doesn’t deserve so he can get a new computer for free.”

“he’s attention whoring for profit, and needs to be sued to stop it.”

Now you claim that he is guilty of slander too. I still would like to know if there is any evidence to support your claims. I’m guessing not.

V says:


So, without knowing anything whatsoever, you pigeon-hole the guy into “attention whoring for profit”

Here’s another scenario…

You take your car into the shop for an oil change. When you get it back, it runs extremely rough, the inside is stained with oil and one of the headlights is busted.

Would you REALLY want that company to do ANYTHING else to your car?

Sure, under U.S. law you couldn’t demand a refund, but you probably WOULD want to take it to the dealer or other very reputable place to have it fully inspected to see what had been done AND you’d expect anything not related to the oil change to be paid for by the original shop, since they damaged your vehicle.

Companies try to get away with crap all of the time. For all your know, the guy got the computer back and half the screen was dark. That would make ME worry. Especially if I used my computer for my livelihood.

Let’s get more facts before condemning either party.

Gabriel Tane (profile) says:


What are you talking about? This guy wrote up a description of his experience. From what I could read in the translated copy of his write-up, he didn’t curse, insult, or slander anyone. Is he stretching his interpretation of the law in insisting on a new computer for his troubles? Maybe. And the laws of his country will deal with it. But he’s not trying to steal anything. And the point of the article is that a company is responding to negative press with a lawsuit.

I really hope you don’t lead the customer relations for wherever you work. I’d hate to do business with someone who assumes I’m a thief until proven otherwise.

Gabriel Tane (profile) says:



slander (noun)
1: the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another’s reputation
2: a false and defamatory oral statement about a person (emphasis added)

Libel (noun)
a : a written or oral defamatory statement or representation that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression b (1) : a statement or representation published without just cause and tending to expose another to public contempt (2) : defamation of a person by written or representational means (3) : the publication of blasphemous, treasonable, seditious, or obscene writings or pictures (4) : the act, tort, or crime of publishing such a libel (emphasis added)

So? I think you mean libel; but you?re still wrong. Both libel and slander have to be false information. Now, do you have anything that shows his account of the event contains false statements? I?d love to see it.

Anonymous Coward says:

What I am not getting is this: If he has a lemon computer, he would be addressing himself to Apple, not to the repair company. The repair company isn’t going to give him a new computer just for the hell of it.

Remember, the computer was defective enough in the door that it was brought for service.

His demand for a replacement machine from them is stupid. That is the wrong place to take up the issue. Getting upset and posting an agressively bad review (and dinging them for not giving him a new computer) seems a little off the map.

It would be something he should have taken up with the Apple distributor, not a repair company.

I don’t think this story is quite as cut and dry as TD is trying to make it sound.

Gabriel Tane (profile) says:


So… the customer is the company fixing the computer? They’re the only two parties here. Or do you mean the lawyer involved in the suite? The judge to review the case? Enlighten me… who’s the customer.

Oh wait! I think I got it… it’s the guy who paid money to the company in exchange for services. you know… the very definition of a customer.

Gabriel Tane (profile) says:


And bonus: Go read the article… he never said he’s looking for a free computer. Now, this may be a mistake on the part of Google translation, but it looks more like he’s asking for the repair/replacement of the LCD screen for free since the service provider failed to perform as agreed.

In case 3 clicks is too many:

Richard (profile) says:


If I walk into your store, and try to walk out the front door with all your merchandise, unpaid for, would you…

That scenario is nothing to do with the current topic.

The guy had bought and paid for a computer. The computer didn’t work.

They tried to fix it – it worked worse after that.

He asked for his money back/ a replacement. They refused.

He took the case to the ombudman. The ombudsman will decide its merits.

However in the meantime he wrote up his experiences factually on the internet.

The company sued him for slander/libel. If they have a good case then I reckon the guy has a good case against YOU for what you have implied about him.

Richard (profile) says:


you know that part where he says they owe him a new computer for having the audacity to try and help him?

You mean the bit where he asserted his legal rights…

“I insisted that such computer ceases to be credible and relied on Article 540 of the Civil Code and section 5 of Act 2251, pursuant to which I have legal right to ask for a refund or replacement with my new PC under warranty. “

Sorry – if you don’t read up the background then you end up saying incorrect things.

Gabriel Tane (profile) says:


~sigh~ It’s not slander. It’s not even libel. He hasn’t made any false or misrepresented statements. Let me try to make this clear… sorry I can’t use crayons in an internet forum…

First, just so I don’t have to keep typing “slander/libel”, I’m grouping them under “defamation” since you can’t seem to tell the difference between spoken and written (even though I gave you the definitions)

Disagreement does not equal defamation. Reporting a disagreement does not equal defamation. Posting the factual accounting of an event DOES. NOT. EQUAL. DEFAMATION.


Richard (profile) says:


Do you know who the liable party is in Greek law.

This guy clearly knows his law – down to the law sections.

The fact is that between Apple, systemgraph and the original retailer someone certainly is liable. The three organisations clearly act in concert on many matters. For them to punt responsibility back and forth while the customer cools his heels isn’t good business practice. The liability will be passed back to Apple in the end anyway so systemgraph may as well accept liability.

Steve (profile) says:

Sigh... Apple related posts

Is really is amazing to see all the harping back and forth and the trashing of the customer/Apple etc. If this was a story about any other computer company I have a feeling the discussion would have stayed (more or less) on topic… “Company Sues Customer for Bad Review”. Should anyone really care about the small details here? The real point is whether or not it is a good business practice to sue your customers over reviews. What kind of results are they looking to achieve? Silence him? Chilling effect of others? In my opinion, the Streisand Effect is in full force.

Gabriel Tane (profile) says:


Unless you have something to back up your claim that a blog post or forum post is “verbal” and not “written”, I don’t care if you want to explain it again or not. Wrong is wrong.

And besides which, it’s neither. He did not make false or misrepresented statements. So it is not defamation, regardless of which flavor you want to claim it to be.

Grouch says:

"he's making shit up to demand things"?

“Systemgraph, which is an official support partner of Apple in Greece” (sic). Seems to me that this company is an authorized Apple retailer and authorized repair center. If this is so and Greek law provides the customer with guaranteed consumer protection. If first fix does not work then replace it. Someone needs to apologize to the customer for exercising his rights. Wish we had that kind of protection in the United States. Consumers do have rights. The computer was obviously, although not stated under warranty.

Jeremy7600 (profile) says:


I want to believe you are the biggest idiot to ever grace the internet, but I am sure someone will come along and prove me wrong (that there is a bigger idiot around)

First of all, what you think in your head doesn’t make it so. You are wrong. Man up and accept the fact.

Second, “Libel is defined as defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures.” (credit to, which also has a legal definition farther down the page.)


Do I need to print this out, roll it up and shove it up your ass? I think thats about the only thing that will get this through your head. Which is firmly stuck up your ass, so it will get their quicker if I shove it right next to your head (in aforementioned asshole.)

And third, it has to be proven that what he wrote was false. So now you are in possession of all of the evidence from both sides and have made a judgement in a court of law?

Get fucking real.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...