Apple plans appeal to completely overturn already-slashed French antitrust fine

Apple said Thursday that it intends to appeal a French antitrust fine that has been reduced to about one-third of the original amount, saying the fine should be reversed in full.

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A French court on Thursday reduced the fine against Apple for alleged anti-competitive behavior from 1.1 billion to 372 million euros. The original penalty was imposed by a French competition regulator in 2020.

Angela Palumbo for Barron’s:

At the time, the French competition authority claimed that it fined Apple “for entering into anti-competitive agreements within its distribution network and abusing a situation of economic dependence on its independent” premium “distributors. .

Apple has not confirmed BarroneHere is how much the French court reduced the penalty, but said in a note that “although the court has correctly overturned part of the French Competition Authority’s decision, we believe it should be completely overturned and we plan to appeal. The decision concerns practices from over a decade ago that even the recognized FCAs are no longer in use “.

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