Apple allegedly paid a $19 million fine for failing to include chargers with iPhones.
A Brazilian court reportedly fined Apple $19 million for not including chargers with new iPhones sold in the nation.
Reuters reports that the court mandated that a charger be packaged with every iPhone sold in Brazil.
According to the article, the court's ruling stated: "It is obvious that, under the excuse of a 'green initiative,' the defendant imposes on the consumer a mandatory purchase of
charging adapters that were previously supplied along with the product."This has happened in Brazil before, so it is not entirely unexpected.
Earlier this year, in April, after Judge Vandelei Caires Pinheiro found in the customer's favor in his lawsuit, Apple was compelled to compensate the consumer $1,000
for failing to include a charger with his iPhone. Pinheiro contends that by failing to provide a charger with the iPhone, Apple violates Brazil's Article 39 of the Consumer Code,
which is regarded as an abusive activity."Tie sales are abusive and illegal in Brazil, thus it is not permitted to sell cell phones and chargers separately, in accordance with
article 39 of the Consumer Code (CDC). As a result, Apple has been ordered to sell a specific iPhone model and charger separately to a customer in the Goiânia city.
Apple must pay the customer R$ 5,000 as a result of the "tie sale" of the company's products, according to the decision made by Judge
Vanderlei Caires Pinheiro of the 6th Civil Court of Goiânia, the judge stated in a statement.