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Did Apple violate antitrust rules in Japan? 

Regulators from Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) are targeting the Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s dealings with Japanese distributors, after learning that Apple barred Softbank Group and others from selling surplus inventory of older iPhones to third-party retailers. According to Reuters, Apple used its distributor contracts as a means to control iPhone demand in one of its … Continue reading “Did Apple violate antitrust rules in Japan? “

Regulators from Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) are targeting the Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s dealings with Japanese distributors, after learning that Apple barred Softbank Group and others from selling surplus inventory of older iPhones to third-party retailers. According to Reuters, Apple used its distributor contracts as a means to control iPhone demand in one of its largest markets.

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The pending case is not Apple’s first run-in with antitrust regulators. Earlier this summer the company paid out $400 million to e-book customers after losing its appeal to a 2013 court ruling that found it guilty of price fixing. 

The FTC has not yet indicated what, if any, penalties or fines it plans to pursue. 

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Senior Writer Ainsley Harris joined Fast Company in 2014. Follow her on Twitter at @ainsleyoc.

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