The EU Commission is set to Expand their Antitrust case against Apple with a new Complaint by Sweden's Spotify
It's being reported this morning that Apple Inc. is facing an additional EU antitrust charge in the coming weeks in an investigation triggered by a complaint from Spotify, a sign that EU enforcers are strengthening their case against Apple, according to Reuters.
The European Commission last year accused Apple of distorting competition in the music streaming market via restrictive rules for its App Store that force developers to use its own in-app payment system and prevent them from informing users of other purchasing options. The EU officially opened their antitrust case in June 2020.
Extra charges set out in a so-called supplementary statement of objections are usually issued to companies when the EU competition enforcer has gathered new evidence or has modified some elements to boost its case.
"The DMA is still two years away. The rules will probably apply to Apple at the beginning of 2024. This is why antitrust cases remain important," said lawyer Damien Geradin at Geradin Partners, who is advising several app developers in other cases against Apple. For more, read the full Reuters report.