Apple Faces Immense Pressure As Four Additional States Join Hands In An Antitrust Lawsuit Against The Company

Apple recently hosted its WWDC event to announce a plethora of updates for its products and bring its custom Apple Intelligence to the market. While the company is growing and has seen an upward trajectory in its stock prices, the US Department of Justice has growing concerns about Apple’s stronghold in the market. The company was already in hot waters, and now, four additional states have joined hands against Apple’s monopolistic position in the industry.

Four additional states jumped against Apple and its antitrust practices with monopolistic behavior in the market

It has been discovered that four additional states, including Nevada, Washington, Indiana, and Massachusetts, have been added to the list against Apple (via AppleInsider). The new amendment does not highlight additional details on the complaint filed on June 11, but as per past reports, the company will adhere to the same violations. In a statement by Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division:

“We welcome the States of Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada and Washington, who 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 deliver the benefits of competition to consumers, app developers, accessory makers, and the American public.”

On March 21 of this year, it was initially heard that the Department of Justice would sue Apple on the antitrust front, which caters to various violations. According to the DOJ, Apple has violated section two of the Sherman Antitrust Act in five ways: limiting third-party app growth, limiting cloud streaming services, excluding cross-platform messaging apps, capping functionality of Apple Watch competitors, and limiting NFC to third-party services.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland stated that he has concerns over Apple charging a 30 percent cut on the App Store and a not-so-welcoming experience for third-party accessories, like smartwatches other than the Apple Watch. He also states that the company does not offer third-party messaging services on the platform, given how the company is open to change and has recently added support for RCS in iOS 18.

On the flip side, Apple says that the DOJ has to show three valid allegations, which include monopoly in the relevant market, anticompetitive conduct, and the effects of the company’s anticompetitive nature. The company also claims that the DOJ has accused the company of limitations while failing to provide the effects of the complaints. The company says that Apple “faces fierce competition from well-established rivals” and does not have “the market share necessary to establish or infer market power.”

The motion to dismiss the case is expected by the end of next month, but it is very unlikely that the ruling will end. We will update you guys as soon as the story develops, so be sure to stick around.

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