Antitrust

Google Paid Activision $360 Million to Prevent Rival App Store, Claims Lawsuit

Google has allegedly paid off companies like Activision Blizzard, Nintendo, Tencent-owned Riot Games, and Ubisoft at least 24 times to prevent them from developing and launching their own app stores to rival Google Play (via Reuters). The information comes from a Thursday court filing that claims Google agreed to pay Activision Blizzard $360 million USD...

Apple Faces Possible Antitrust Lawsuit from U.S. Department of Justice: Report

Lawyers at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have reportedly started drafting a potential antitrust lawsuit against Apple — reports Politico, citing unnamed sources. The DOJ has been investigating Apple and other tech giants for antitrust practices since 2019. It is already litigating a landmark lawsuit against Google for an alleged monopoly over search and...

Apple Responds to German Probe into Privacy Tracking Feature

The Bundeskartellamt, Germany's antitrust authority, on Tuesday announced an investigation into Apple's App Tracking Transparency feature for anti-competitive practices. App Tracking Transparency is a privacy feature which requires advertisers like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo to ask iPhone users for their consent before tracking them and collecting their data across third-party apps to serve targeted ads....

Netherlands ACM’s Apple Fine Over Dating Apps Reaches €50 Million

Apple has been slapped with a €5 million penalty for the tenth consecutive week by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) for not complying with the dating apps antitrust order, which takes the total fine to €50 million, TechCrunch reports. However, with Apple adjusting its most recent offer saying the amended proposal “should...

Apple Hit with Antitrust Lawsuit Alleging App Store Monopoly

A group of Apple consumers represented by Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP filed a complaint against the iPhone maker with the Northern District of California on Friday, alleging that Apple Inc. has violated federal and state competition laws by monopolizing app distribution on iOS — reports Law Street Media. "Apple took advantage of...

Apple and Other Tech Giants Targeted by New Antitrust Bills in the U.S.

Democrats in the House of Representatives have proposed five new bills aimed at Big Tech and designed to prevent practices that give rise to an anti-competitive environment in the industry — reports The Verge. This set of bills is the culmination of the House Judiciary Committee’s 16-month long investigation into the business practices of big tech...

U.S. Appeals Court Revives Apple Antitrust Lawsuit

In a defeat for Apple, a federal appellate court has revived a lawsuit accusing the company of violating antitrust laws by charging monopoly prices for iPhone apps, according to a new report from Reuters. The U.S. Court for Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed Thursday a decision by a lower court and ruled that the […]