A Brazilian court today fined Apple $19 million in “social damages” (SR100 million) for selling iPhones without a charger, according to reports. Reuters. The São Paulo state court said Apple must provide battery chargers with iPhones sold in the country, providing a resolution in a lawsuit brought by the Brazilian Association of Borrowers, Consumers and Taxpayers (AMBCC).
Apple said it has stopped offering chargers with iPhone purchases in order to reduce carbon emissions. The company argued that many customers already have chargers available, and continues to sell the chargers on a standalone basis.
The court presiding over the case did not favorably consider Apple’s environmental interpretation. “It is clear that under the ‘Green Initiative’ justification, the defendant is mandating the consumer a required purchase of charger adapters that were previously provided with the product,” the judgment read.
In addition to the fine, Apple is expected to sell iPhones with chargers and also provide chargers to all Brazilians who purchased their products after October 13, 2020, according to Brazilian news website Estadão. Apple stopped supplying chargers with iPhones when it launched the iPhone 12 models in 2020. In most countries, Apple no longer ships iPhones with EarPods or a power adapter, offering only a USB-C to Lightning cable.
Last September, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice ordered Apple to stop selling iPhones without a charger and also imposed a $2.34 million fine, alleging that Apple was giving customers an incomplete product.
Apple has not complied with this order as it is appealing the ruling, and the company also plans to appeal the São Paulo ruling issued today.