Apple Starts Legal Action Against Russian Regulator in App Store Dispute: Report

Apple has started legal proceedings against Russia’s anti-monopoly regulator in a dispute related to alternative payment options on its App Store platform, RIA news agency reported on Sunday, citing court filings.

Russia opens an antitrust case against Apple in late October, accusing app developers of failing to tell customers about alternative payment options when using it app Store, It said Apple could face fines based on its revenue in Russia if found guilty.

In documents published on 1 December the Moscow Arbitration Court listed Apple as a contender and as a defendant in the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) of Russia “Economic disputes on administrative-legal relations”.

Apple, which did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment, demanded that additional documents be added to the case on December 2, the RIA reported.

Forbes Russia quoted a FAS representative as saying that proceedings related to a warning issued on August 30 over Apple’s alleged failure to notify users that they can also pay for purchases outside the App Store.

The FAS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple faced pushback over its App Store rules in the United States in September when a federal judge issued a ruling asking the company to allow developers to send its users to other payment systems.

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