The complaint, lodged by Beijing-based Dare & Sure Law Firm,
accuses Apple of charging excessive fees and removing apps from
its local store without proper explanation, Lin Wei, an attorney
at the firm told Reuters on Thursday.
"During its localization process Apple has run into several
antitrust issues ... after an initial investigation we consulted
a number of enterprises and got a very strong response," said
The law firm invited developers to join the complaint in April
and on Tuesday filed it to China's State Administration for
Industry and Commerce and the National Development and Reform
Commission, which oversees antitrust matters in the country.
An Apple spokeswoman told Reuters that guidelines for publishing
apps on the App Store were consistent across all countries, and
that it was in the process of expanding its local developer
The law firm did not provide details of the developers involved
in the complaint.
Apple's China App Store is its most profitable store globally,
despite being subject to strict censorship controls that have
pressured the firm to recently remove dozens of apps.
(Reporting by Cate Cadell, editing by David Evans)
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