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  • Apple Loses Taiwanese Lawsuit Alleging Anti-Competitive Practices

    Apple seems to have lost a Taiwanese suit that accused the Cupertino California company of anti-competitive phone pricing tactics. Barring an appeal, Apple will be fined what’s equivalent to over $647,000 USD. According to Reuters, the fine was previously issued by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission, which charged that Apple broke the law by demanding that Taiwanese carriers get approval for prices on iPhone plans. Apple ended up launching a countersuit but ended up losing.

    To be more specific, Apple was looking to impose contract prices for the iPhone 4, 4s, 5 and 5s. It also claimed the final word over iPhone subsidies, ad content and price gaps between older and newer models. In actuality, these tactics are common for Apple in other countries including the US but a Commission spokesman noted that under Taiwanese law, a carrier owns the phones it sells and is free to set its own pricing.

    The Cupertino California company hasn’t commented on the matter including whether it’ll pursue an appeal. It should be noted that the company does have an outsized influence on Taiwan though. In the December quarter, Apple’s iPhone helped the company achieve a 32% marketshare and major partners in Apple’s supply chain, such as Foxconn, Pegatron and TSMC, are all headquartered in the country, even if many of the factories are located in mainland China.

    We’ll have to see what comes from the whole ordeal and how Apple is affected.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Loses Taiwanese Lawsuit Alleging Anti-Competitive Practices started by Akshay Masand View original post