After filing antitrust lawsuits against Meta (Facebook) and Google, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is reportedly drafting an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, accusing Apple of “abusing its market power. , stifled smaller tech companies, including app developers and competitors.” hardware manufacturer.
The Justice Department is “in the early stages of drafting a potential antitrust complaint against Apple,” according to a report citing Politico sources.
“Various groups of prosecutors within the DOJ are gearing up for potential litigation, and the DOJ’s antitrust division hopes to file the suit before the end of the year,” the report said.
Neither DOJ nor Apple has commented on this report.
But the Justice Department has yet to make a firm decision “if or when to sue Apple, the world’s most valuable public company.”
There is still the possibility of “not filing a lawsuit”.
If filed, it would be the DOJ’s first antitrust lawsuit against Big Tech under President Joe Biden.
A European antitrust watchdog has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple over its handling of App Store fees and the iPhone’s Tap-to-Pay technology.
Since 2019, the Justice Department has been investigating Apple over allegations that it abused its market power to stifle smaller technology companies.
In May, a U.S. judge dismissed Apple’s appeal dismissing a modified antitrust lawsuit filed by the creators of Cydia, an app store for jailbroken iPhones.
Cydia developer Jay Freeman filed a lawsuit against Apple for the first time in 2020, alleging that Apple “unjustly obtained and maintained monopoly power” in distributing and paying for iOS apps.
Freeman closed the Cydia store in 2018.
Meanwhile, Epic Games, makers of the Fortnite game, challenged Apple’s position that third-party app stores compromise iPhone security.
Last year, a U.S. judge ruled in the Epic Games v. Apple District Court case that Apple did not have a monopoly in the relevant market.
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