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In Re: Apple Inc. Smartphone Antitrust Litigation
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
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Apple Inc.
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Hagens Berman is investigating Apple Inc. for allegedly violating antitrust laws and establishing an illegal monopoly through its iOS cloud-based storage policies. Apple may have arbitrarily required device holders to use only Apple iCloud products to back up certain file types. This alleged control secures Apple a monopoly that allows it to charge artificially inflated prices for cloud storage.


You may be affected if you purchased an iCloud storage plan in the past four years. Consumers may have paid higher prices than they allegedly would have in a competitive market. Fill out the form to learn more about this investigation.


Apple may have achieved its enormous share of the iOS cloud-based storage market by unlawfully tying its iCloud storage platform to its iOS devices, forcing its customers to use iCloud. Although iPhone and other iOS device users can choose from a range of cloud-based storage providers when backing up files like photos, attorneys say that Apple arbitrarily requires users to use iCloud to back up certain file types, like app data and device settings. Although the firm’s investigation is ongoing, there appears to be no technological or security justifications for this limitation on consumer choice.  Rather, the purpose and effect of this restraint on competition appears to be securing a monopoly for Apple’s iCloud product. 

Apple’s competitor, Samsung, allows its device holders to back up all file types on alternative cloud-based storage platforms. The same storage infrastructure is allegedly used for all iOS backups, regardless of file type, which is further evidence that Apple imposes an arbitrary restraint on consumers to bolster profits.


We believe Apple’s iCloud policies may violate antitrust laws and restrict consumer choice for the sake of profit. You may have overpaid for your iCloud storage plan due to Apple’s alleged monopoly on cloud-based storage options for iOS devices, and you may be entitled to compensation.


Hagens Berman is one of the most prominent plaintiffs’ litigation law firms in the U.S. and has achieved more than $320 billion in settlements in lawsuits across its practice areas. The firm successfully pursued antitrust claims against Apple, securing a settlement valued at $616 million on behalf of e-book purchasers and a settlement valued at $100 million on behalf of iOS app developers. Potential claims will be handled by lawyers experienced in these matters.


In no case will any class member be asked to pay any out-of-pocket sum. In the event Hagens Berman or any other firm obtains a settlement that provides benefits to class members, the court will decide a reasonable fee to be awarded to the class's legal team.


Actions consolidated and transferred to the District of New Jersey
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