An Apple a Day Keeps the Investigators Away: UK Court Rules in Favor of Apple on Mobile Browser Investigation

Apple argued that the CMA had "no power" to launch such a probe because it did so too late
06 April 2023
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Apple emerges victorious in its legal battle against the UK antitrust regulator over its mobile browser and cloud gaming services. The Competition Appeal Tribunal has overturned the decision of the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) to investigate the tech giant's dominance in the mobile browser market and its alleged control over the cloud gaming industry. 

Despite the CMA's concerns about Apple's potential restrictions on the market through its app store, Apple argued that the investigation was launched too late and had no legal grounds. This ruling is a significant win for Apple and its continued growth in the tech industry.

The verdict has dealt a critical blow to the CMA's ability to conduct thorough investigations on markets where competition is not thriving. Such constraints may substantially impede the CMA's capacity to enforce interventions that guarantee fair competition in markets. In light of the ruling's importance, the CMA is weighing its options, including the possibility of seeking permission to appeal. It is a grave matter that could have far-reaching implications for the UK's competitive landscape.

Apple in a statement issued after the ruling said it believed in "vibrant and competitive markets where innovation can flourish."

- CyberBeat


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