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Apple Fined $19 million By Brazilian Court For ‘Abusive Practices’

The Sao Paulo State court in Brazil has fined Apple Inc. $19 million, which is about 100 million reais, for selling iPhones without chargers.

The lawsuit which was filed by The Association of Borrowers, Consumers and Taxpayers, argued that the company commits ‘abusive practices’ by selling its flagship product without a charger. The Brazilian court however, on Thursday, 14th October 2022 ruled against Apple, Reuters reports. 

The court also ruled that battery chargers must come with new iPhones sold in the country, although Apple has said it will appeal the decision, arguing that the practice had the purpose of reducing carbon emissions.

 

 

“It is evident that, under the justification of a ‘green initiative,’ the defendant imposes on the consumer a required purchase of charger adaptors that were previously supplied along with the product,” said the court’s decision.

Brazil’s justice ministry earlier slapped a separate fine of nearly $2.5 million on Apple in September over the same issue and barred the US tech giant from selling its iPhone 12 and 13 models without chargers.

Recall that Apple Inc. had in September 2022 launched its newest iPhone 14 series comes with only a USB-C-to-Lightning cable, but no charger, which has been the new practice of the company starting with the 2020 launch of the iPhone 12 lineup.

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