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Canada is investigating Apple over possible shady dealings with carriers

Published Dec 18th, 2014 7:00PM EST
Canada vs. Apple: iPhone

The Canadian Competition Bureau wants to have a closer look at Apple’s contracts with local carriers, as it’s interested in whether or not they contain any special clauses that might harm competition in the region. Reuters reports that the Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday agreed to order Apple to turn over all such documents to the Competition Bureau.

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The Bureau alleges that Apple may have encouraged mobile operators to maintain or increase the price of iPhone competitors. Furthermore, the iPhone maker might have also convinced carriers to maintain or boost the prices of wireless services for competing handsets.

Apple isn’t interested in handing documents over to the Canadian watchdog that are held in the U.S., and the company might launch a constitutional challenge of the Canadian court’s right to force Apple to do so.

However, Reuters says that according to Competition Bureau lawyer Derek Leschinsky, the Competition Act that gives Canadian courts the power to ask for documents held in other countries has never been found to be unconstitutional.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.