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U.S. DOJ, 16 states sue Apple over anti-competitive practices 

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The United States Department of Justice and 16 U.S. states have filed a lawsuit against Apple over allegations of anti-competitive practices to maintain its dominance of the smartphone market. 

In the lawsuit filed on Thursday, the complainants accused Apple of forcing users to continue to use its devices by making it difficult for them to be able to switch to other devices.  

The suit is particularly focused on the iPhone maker’s share of the premium smartphone sector. It accuses the company of increasing friction for those looking to switch to the competition. That includes things like “contractual restrictions” and the vetting process the company has long employed with its App Store. 

Accusing Apple of stifling the competition, the complainants in the lawsuit stated: 

The complainants added that Apple’s anticompetitive conduct not only limits competition in the smartphone market, but also reverberates through the industries that are affected by these restrictions, including financial services, fitness, gaming, social media, news media, entertainment, and more.  

They noted that unless Apple’s anticompetitive and exclusionary conduct is stopped, it will likely extend and entrench its iPhone monopoly to other markets and parts of the economy.  

The complainants said the case is about freeing smartphone markets from Apple’s anticompetitive and exclusionary conduct and restoring competition to lower smartphone prices for consumers, reducing fees for developers, and preserving innovation for the future.  

The 16 U.S. states joining the DOJ in the case include New Jersey, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia, acting by and through their respective Attorneys General.  

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