The US investigates alleged consumer cheating by Apple

Texas and several other US states are conducting preliminary investigations into alleged consumer fraud by Apple, Axios reports, citing the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

In a March 27 document, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton writes that his office’s consumer protection department “has initiated this investigation to ensure compliance with the rule of law … if the abuse is revealed, the department will start a lawsuit.”

Exactly what kind of abuses were the subject of investigation, it is not reported. The document also does not specify which states other than Texas are involved in the audit.

In June 2019, the Judicial Committee of the US House of Representatives announced that it would begin reviewing compliance with antitrust laws in digital markets. A number of US media outlets reported that the antitrust investigation will also affect Apple.

Founded in 1976, Apple manufactures personal computers, tablets, audio players, phones, smartwatches, and software.