(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has accelerated its two-year-old antitrust investigation into Apple Inc in recent months, increasing the likelihood of a lawsuit, the information reported Monday.
DOJ lawyers have asked Apple, its customers and competitors questions about how the company maintains strict control over the iPhone, the report said, citing two people with knowledge of the investigation.
The investigation, according to the report, is “very likely to lead to a lawsuit, although the details are still in flow”.
The DOJ declined to comment, while Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
(Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru and Diane Bartz in WASHINGTON; Editing by Aditya Soni)