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Apple reportedly fined $19M for not including chargers with iPhones

2022-10-17 17:35 by
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A Brazilian court today levied a $19 million "social damages" fine (100 million reais) against Apple for selling iPhones without a charger, reports Reuters. The Sao Paulo state court said that Apple must offer battery chargers with iPhones that are sold in the country, providing a decision in a lawsuit brought about by the Brazilian association of borrowers, consumers, and taxpayers.

According to Barron's, the judge in charge of the case called the non-inclusion of chargers in phone purchases an "abusive practice" that "requires consumers to purchase a second product in order for the first to work." Apple has been at odds with Brazilian authorities over the issue for a while now. In 2021, São Paulo consumer protection agency Procon-SP fined Apple around $2 million for removing the power adapter from the iPhone 12, telling the company that it was in violation of Brazil's Consumer Defense Code.

There have been several lawsuits and complaints against Apple pertaining to the same issue. Apple is also facing other issues in the European Union related to the USB C Port. The brand will have to adhere to the standards and produce the technology accordingly from 2024 onwards.

Apple can appeal the ruling and will, according to Reuters' report Thursday.

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