After nearly a decade of investigations, France's "Autorité de la Concurrence" anti-monopoly agency is finally ready to levy a fine upon Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) on Monday, reported Politico Europe last night.
Eight years ago, in April 2012, Apple reseller eBizcuss.com (now defunct) filed a complaint against Apple alleging that the company was abusing its market power by placing illegal restrictions in its contracts for distribution and sales of Apple products and services, favoring certain wholesalers over others. This complaint prompted "dawn raids" on Apple offices in 2013, the legality of which Apple contested, unsuccessfully, in a court decision handed down in 2018.
Now, the saga is finally set to wrap up -- maybe. According to Politico, France's anti-monopoly agency will enact a penalty "among the biggest individual fines -- if not the biggest -- the watchdog has ever set," and announce its decision on Monday. Apple, however, has denied that it violated French law and can be expected to appeal.
This is not the first time Apple has faced government prosecution in France. Just last month, France's Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and the Suppression of Fraud announced that Apple had agreed to pay a 25 million-euro fine for failing to inform iPhone owners that installing the 10.2.1 and 11.2 iOS operating system updates would slow the performance of their iPhones.
Google is appealing that decision.