Nevada joins Justice Department’s lawsuit against Apple

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada is one of four states joining the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple.

According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Justice Department alleges that Apple illegally holds a monopoly on smartphones by imposing contractual restrictions on developers and denying them critical access points.

“Apple is undermining apps, products and services that would otherwise make users less dependent on iPhone, promote interoperability and reduce costs for consumers and developers,” the department says. “Apple is exercising its monopoly power to extract more money from consumers, developers, content creators, artists, publishers, small businesses, and merchants, among others.”

Here are some examples mentioned in the complaint:

  • Block super apps
  • Removal of mobile cloud streaming service
  • Excluding cross-platform messaging apps
  • Decrease the functionality of non-Apple smartwatches
  • Limit third-party digital wallets

The complaint also states that Apple “wraps itself in a veil of privacy, security, and consumer preferences to justify its anticompetitive behavior” and that Apple “selectively undermines privacy and security interests when doing so for its own purposes.” financial interest.
In a press release, US Attorney General Merrick Garland said that by violating federal antitrust law, “Apple will only continue to strengthen its smartphone monopoly.”

As of Tuesday morning, 20 states were involved in the lawsuit.

Last month, Apple sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Julien X. Neals asking him to dismiss the lawsuit.

Apple claims that they are “far from a monopoly, Apple faces fierce competition from well-established competitors, and the complaint fails to assert that Apple has the ability to charge supracompetitive prices or restrict the production of so-called smartphone markers.

You can read the full complaint below.

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