Apple met with the head of the US Department of Justice's antitrust division to prevent an antitrust lawsuit

Tim Hardwick

According to Bloomberg, Apple representatives met with representatives of the US Department of Justice last week in a last-ditch attempt to convince the agency not to file an antitrust lawsuit against the company.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the report said Apple and its lawyers met with Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter, who will make the final decision. say whether to file a lawsuit.

Since 2019, the Justice Department has been examining Apple's App Store business practices to determine whether iOS favors Apple's own apps and services over those provided by third-party developers and other companies. .

The Justice Department began by reviewing Apple's App Store policies and reportedly met with developers to learn more about the ‌App Store‌ review process.

The department reportedly intensified its investigation in early 2023, assigning additional participants to the case and requesting documents and consultations from companies associated with the investigation.

Apple was charged or investigated in connection with with this. anti-competitive practices in a number of other countries over the past few years, with many complaints related to the ‌App Store‌. Just recently, Apple announced major changes to the ‌App Store‌ and apps are operating in the EU to comply with the bloc's digital markets law until March 7, and the Justice Department is reportedly monitoring these developments.

The Justice Department is expected to make its first legal move in the EU. According to Bloomberg sources, Apple could face an antitrust lawsuit brought by the US government in the coming weeks, most likely by the end of March.

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