FTC Set To Look At Apple's Anti-Competitive Behavior
June 11, 2010 at 4:30 AM (PT)
The FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION is set to begin a federal investigation of possible anti-competitive behavior at APPLE, reports THE NEW YORK POST. "The FTC is going to open up an investigation," the source told the paper, noting that the probe is not yet underway.
APPLE, the world's largest music retailer through it's iTUNES site, is under the gun over an antitrust inquiry into their new policy of requiring software developers to use only APPLE's programming tools.
"Unquestionably if you are APPLE you are hoping for the DOJ," said an antitrust lawyer who requested anonymity. The FTC has a lower hurdle when stopping anti-competitive behavior, notes the report.
"The DOJ only has jurisdiction to enforce antitrust laws," the lawyer said. "The FTC can prohibit conduct not prohibited by antitrust."
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