Virtual Legality
Virtual Legality
Virtual Legality is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).
Richard Hoeg

Real Lawyer Reads and Reacts | The US vs Apple Lawsuit (VL779)

E779 • Mar 22, 2024 • 213 mins

In this episode, Richard Hoeg delves into the impact of Apple's restrictive platform strategies on consumers and developers. He provides an in-depth analysis of the Sherman Act and its implications, discusses the legality of Apple's walled garden model, and evaluates the Department of Justice's claims against Apple's conduct.

Key Points

  • The Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against Apple alleges the company has willfully monopolized the smartphone market through exclusionary conduct, specifically targeting app distribution and creation to protect its position and profits.
  • Apple's response to the lawsuit claims the DOJ's case is wrong on the facts and the law, asserting that it would hinder Apple's ability to innovate and create seamless technology that integrates hardware, software, and services.
  • The DOJ's argument is that Apple's practices, such as restricting app features and imposing high fees, lack pro-competitive justification and harm consumers by limiting choices, increasing prices, and stifling innovation.
- / -