Apple contests €1.84 billion EU fine in antitrust battle over App Store

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    23rd May 2024 – (Brussels) Apple Inc. has formally contested a substantial €1.84 billion fine (US$2 billion) levied by the European Commission at Europe’s second-highest court. The fine, issued in March, marked the Commission’s inaugural antitrust penalty against the tech giant, ranking as the third-largest fine for anti-competitive practices imposed on a company.

    The case, filed in the Luxembourg-based General Court, stems from allegations that Apple’s App Store policies unfairly restricted competition, particularly disadvantaging streaming services like Spotify by imposing restrictive conditions.

    As Apple gears up for a potentially protracted legal battle, the proceedings in the General Court are expected to extend over several years. Furthermore, any decision made could be subject to an additional appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union, potentially prolonging the litigation for a few more years. This case underscores the ongoing tensions between large tech companies and regulatory bodies over market practices and competition enforcement.