DOJ and State AGs Attempt to Take a Bite Out of Apple

  • A bipartisan coalition of 16 AGs and the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Apple, Inc. for alleged monopolization of the smartphone market in violation of the Sherman Act and certain states’ antitrust laws.
  • The complaint alleges that Apple illegally maintains a monopoly over smartphones by selectively imposing contractual restrictions on, and withholding critical access points from, developers. It also alleges that Apple undermines apps, products, and services that would otherwise make users less reliant on the iPhone, and lower costs, among other allegations.
  • The AGs and the DOJ seek declaratory and injunctive relief, and costs and fees, among other relief. This lawsuit represents a notable move in the ongoing battle between tech giants and regulatory authorities.