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Apple fined $19 million by Brazilian court for not selling iPhone with charger

Previously, the tech firm argued that the practice had the purpose of reducing carbon emissions.
/ Source: Reuters

A Brazilian court on Thursday fined Apple Inc 100 million reais ($19 million) and ruled that battery chargers must come with new iPhones sold in the country.

The Sao Paulo state court ruled against Apple in a lawsuit, filed by the association of borrowers, consumers and taxpayers, that argued that the company commits abusive practices by selling its flagship product without a charger.

Apple said it will appeal the decision.

Previously, the tech firm argued that the practice had the purpose of reducing carbon emissions.

"It is evident that, under the justification of a 'green initiative,' the defendant imposes on the consumer a required purchase of charger adaptors that were previously supplied along with the product," said the court's decision. ($1 = 5.2622 reais)

(Reporting by Beatriz Garcia; Writing by Peter Frontini; Editing by David Gregorio)