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Apple Inc Faces Antitrust Lawsuit over iPhone Carrier Contracts

New York, NY: Apple Inc, is facing a potential antitrust class action lawsuit regarding the exclusive deals it struck with carriers and the way it runs the APP Store.

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that "Prior to launch, Apple entered into a secret five-year contract with AT&T that established AT&T as the exclusive provider of cell phone voice and data services for iPhone customers through some time in 2012. As part of the contract, Apple shared in AT&T's revenues and profits with respect to the first generation of iPhones launched, known as the iPhone 2G, which was a unique arrangement in the industry. The Plaintiffs and other class members who purchased iPhones did not agree to use AT&T for five years. Apple's undisclosed five-year Exclusivity Agreement with AT&T, however, effectively locked iPhone users into using AT&T for five years, contrary to those users' knowledge, wishes and expectations."

The lawsuit alleges that Apple's actions violate Section 2 of the Sherman Act.

The lawsuit also takes issue with Apple's alleged refusal to approve third-party apps that don't pay the annual fee for the software development kit, or don't hand over a percentage of their sales to Apple. The lawsuit seeks damages for injuries caused by Apple's actions relating to the complaint.

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Published on Jan-9-12


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