Indiana joins Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple – Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indianapolis Traffic

WASHINGTON (WISH) — Attorneys general from Indiana and three other states on Tuesday joined an antitrust lawsuit filed in March against Apple, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

As reported in March, the lawsuit, filed in federal court in New Jersey, alleges that Apple has monopoly power in the smartphone market and is using its control over the iPhone to “engage in a broad, sustained and illegal procedure.” to drive.”

Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division said in a statement: “We welcome the states of Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada and Washington to join our existing coalition to restore competition in the smartphone markets that Apple has monopolized. We look forward to litigating this important case alongside our state partners to bring the benefits of competition to consumers, app developers, accessory makers and the American public.

Apple called the lawsuit “factually and legally flawed” and said it would “vigorously defend itself against it.”

“At Apple, we innovate every day to make people love technology – designing products that work together seamlessly, protect people’s privacy and security, and create a magical experience for our users,” the company said in a press release. “This lawsuit threatens who we are and the principles that distinguish Apple products in fiercely competitive markets.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.