A Brazilian court today levied a $19 million “social damage” (100 million reais) fine against Apple for selling iPhones without a charger, reports Reuters. A Sao Paulo state court said that Apple should offer battery chargers with iPhones sold in the country, ruling in a lawsuit filed by the Brazilian association of borrowers, consumers and taxpayers (AMBCC).
Apple has said that it stopped offering chargers with iPhone purchases to reduce carbon emissions. The company argues that many customers already have chargers, and continue to sell chargers independently.
The court presiding over the case did not like Apple’s environmental explanation. “It is clear that, under the justification of the ‘green initiative’, the defendant charged the consumer with the purchase of the required charging adapter that was previously provided with the product,” reads the verdict.
In addition to the fine, Apple is expected to sell iPhones with chargers and also provide chargers to all Brazilians who purchase their products after October 13, 2020, according to Brazilian news site Estadão. Apple stopped providing chargers with iPhones when it launched the iPhone 12 model in 2020. In most countries, Apple no longer ships iPhones with EarPods or a power adapter, offering only a USB-C to Lightning cable.
Back in September, Brazil’s Ministry of Justice ordered Apple to stop selling iPhones without a charger and also imposed a $2.34 million fine, claiming that Apple provided customers with incomplete products.
Apple has not complied with the order as it is appealing the ruling, with the company also planning to appeal the Sao Paulo decision today.