A Brazilian court has fined Apple Inc $19 million (100 million reais) for selling iPhones without chargers.
The Sao Paulo state court on Thursday ruled against Apple in a lawsuit filed by the association of borrowers, consumers, and taxpayers, which argued that the company commits ‘abusive practices’; by selling its flagship product without a charger, Reuters reports.
The court also ruled that battery chargers must come with new iPhones sold in the country.
Apple has 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.
Brazil’s justice ministry earlier slapped a separate fine of nearly $2.5 million on Apple in September over the same issue. Also, it barred the US tech giant from selling its iPhone 12 and 13 models without chargers.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Friday; dismissed her Finance Minister, forcing Kwasi Kwarteng to carry the can for turmoil sparked by her right-wing economic platform as restive Conservatives plotted her own demise.
The chancellor of the exchequer was dismissed in person by Truss after he rushed back early from international meetings in Washington; multiple media reports said, and she was due later to hold her first Downing Street news conference.
There was no immediate announcement of his successor, who would become Britain’s fourth Finance Minister this year.