Apple gets another $19M fine in Brazil for not shipping chargers

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Back in September, Apple was ordered by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice to stop selling iPhones if the package did not include a power adapter, and was fined 12.275 million BRL – the equivalent of $2.34 million.

Now Cupertino was again fined for the same, this time by the civil court in Sao Paulo. The lawsuit, filed by the Brazilian consumer organization, claimed that for the product to work, a new purchase must be made and Apple must pay BRL 100 million (about $19 million) in damages.


Apple iPhone 12 Pro and the contents of its box (not pictured: the stickers)

According to judge Caramuru Afonso Francisco, Apple must provide chargers to all consumers in Brazil who purchased iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 devices within the past two years, and must also include the adapters in future purchases. The decision is not final and can be appealed.

Apple cites environmental reasons for sending only the Lighting to USB-C cable and not the adapter as well in iPhones since 2020. A number of other manufacturers have followed its example since then, especially in the premium segment.

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