Apple begins legal action against Russian regulator in App Store dispute -RIA

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December 6, 2021

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Apple has begun legal proceedings against Russia’s antitrust regulator in a dispute over alternative payment options on its App Store platform, the news company said. The RIA news agency reported on Sunday citing court records.

Russia opened an antitrust lawsuit against Apple in late October, alleging that it failed to let app developers tell customers about alternative payment options when using its App Store. It said Apple could face a fine based on its revenue in Russia if found guilty.

In documents released on December 1, the Moscow Arbitration Court listed Apple as the plaintiff and Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) as the defendant in “economic disputes over the administrative law”.

Apple, which did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment, requested additional documents about the incident on December 2, RIA reported.

Forbes Russia cites an FAS representative as saying the procedure relates to a warning it issued on August 30 about Apple’s alleged failure to notify users that they can also pay for outside purchases. outside the App Store.

FAS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple faced an outcry over App Store rules in the United States in September when a federal judge ruled that the company must allow developers to bring their users to stores. other payment systems.

(Reporting by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Andrew Osborn) Apple begins legal action against Russian regulator in App Store dispute -RIA

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