Gus Hurwitz on the DOJ’s Apple Antitrust Suit

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ICLE Director of Law & Economics Programs Gus Hurwitz was quoted by The New York Times in an item about the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust case against Apple. You can read the full piece here.

But some experts think this lawsuit is a stretch. Gus Hurwitz, a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, told DealBook that antitrust policy traditionally hasn’t focused on issues like porting consumer data to different platforms.

He added that while prosecutors were seeking to help some consumers — those who favor switching devices — the lawsuit could end up hurting others. Users of iOS “derive a lot of value from their closed ecosystem,” he said. “Apple users like the closed ecosystem and the benefits that confers on them.