The Federal Court of Canada recently said it will order Apple to release documents to the country’s Competition Bureau as part of the ongoing investigation into what appear to be anticompetitive practices regarding iPhone partner carrier contracts. Chief Justice Paul Crampton agreed to sign an order compelling Apple’s Canadian subsidiary to hand over the documents related to the investigation according to Reuters.

For those of you who didn’t know, the probe was announced just last week by Canada’s Competition Bureau. It is an attempt to assess whether Apple illegally leveraged the iPhone’s substantial market sway to force wireless carriers into raising service prices for competing handsets. Alternatively Apple could have possibly signed agreements which turned off partners from lowering prices of other smartphones.

Apple is already known to leverage the iPhone as a considerable bargaining chip in landing favorable deals with providers that are excited to help sell the popular device. According to Derek Leschinsky, a lawyer with the bureau, Apple is considering a constitutional challenge of the order to compel production of sensitive business documents through its wholly owned foreign subsidiary.

As of right now, the Cupertino California company has 90 days to hand over the documents or lodge a challenge with Canada’s federal court system. No party has been successful when it comes to arguing the Competition Act as unconstitutional so we’ll have to wait to see what happens.

Source: Reuters