Brazilian regulator seizes iPhones from retail shops for not together with chargers in field

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Apple can proceed promoting iPhones in Brazil for now.
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Brazilian authorities seized “a whole bunch of iPhones” throughout retail shops within the nation on November 11. The telephones have been confiscated as a result of Apple was promoting them with no bundled energy adapter.

Apple has already been granted an injunction in opposition to the seizure by a Brazilian court docket. So, the corporate can proceed promoting iPhones till Brazil’s regulatory physique takes a last resolution.

Apple granted an injunction to proceed promoting iPhones in Brazil

Apple confirmed to Tecnoblog that gross sales of iPhones had resumed in Brazil. PROCON authorities, Brazil’s client safety company, seized the telephones throughout carriers and licensed Apple shops within the nation’s capital, Brasília. They confiscated all iPhones bought with no energy brick, ranging from the iPhone 11 to the newest iPhone 14.

The choose that granted Apple an injunction believes the corporate will not be violating any guidelines. In his ruling, choose Diego Câmara Alves claims that Brazilian’s regulatory physique is abusing its energy and violating the “freedom within the train of financial exercise” by making an attempt to ban the sale of iPhones.

He identified that a whole bunch of different digital units are bought within the nation with no charger. So concentrating on Apple for this conduct alone is discriminatory.

Not the primary time Apple has landed in bother with Brazil’s regulatory physique

In September this yr, Brazil’s Justice Ministry ordered Apple to cease promoting iPhones with no bundled energy adapter. It additionally fined Apple R$12.85 million (US$2.35 million) for this “deliberate discriminatory apply in opposition to shoppers.”

Then, in October, the state court docket in Sao Paulo fined Apple one other R$ 100 million ($19 million) for its discriminatory conduct. The ruling required Apple to supply chargers to all clients who bought an iPhone in Brazil after October 13, 2020.

Apple will probably have extra bother with Brazil’s regulatory physique sooner or later till a court docket takes a last resolution on this matter.

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