Indiana AG joins federal antitrust lawsuit against Apple


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WASHINGTON — Indiana’s attorney general has joined a federal antitrust lawsuit against Apple.

The lawsuit, originally filed by the Department of Justice, accuses Apple of monopolizing several smartphone markets with the iPhone.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, as well as attorneys general from Massachusetts, Nevada and Washington, joined the lawsuit. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia are also involved.

“We welcome the states of Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada and Washington to join our existing coalition to restore competition in smartphone markets monopolized by Apple.” said Deputy Attorney General Jonathan Kanter of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division in a press release Tuesday: “We look forward to resolving this important case with our state partners to ensure the benefits of competition for consumers, app developers, accessory makers and the American public.”

Market share analysis by Statista shows that as of 2016, Apple held between 25 and 50 percent of the smartphone market, with Samsung falling to second place.