Apple says US antitrust lawsuit should be dismissed

By Thomson Reuters May 21, 2024 | 12:57 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apple said Tuesday it plans to ask a U.S. judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department and 15 states in March that alleged the iPhone maker monopolized the smartphone market, hurt smaller rivals and drove up prices.

In a letter to U.S. District Judge Julien X. Neals, Apple said “far from being a monopolist, Apple faces fierce competition from well-established rivals, and the complaint fails to allege that Apple has the ability to charge supra-competitive prices or restrict output in the alleged

smartphone markets.”

Apple said the complaint should be dismissed on a number of grounds.

(Reporting by David Shepardson)