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The Ministry of Justice accelerated the antitrust investigation an apple, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The company’s policy on third-party apps on its devices and whether it unfairly favors its own products on its mobile operating system are two areas of focus, the Journal reported.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Apple shares were slightly positive.

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According to the report, the investigation, which began in 2019, has attracted more judicial personnel, as well as requests for new documents and consultations with companies related to the matter. In August, Politico reported that the Justice Department was in the “early stages” of preparing a potential complaint against the company.

It is still unclear what role Justice Department Antitrust Chief Jonathan Canter will play in the investigation or any potential enforcement action. Kanter was initially not involved in the Apple case because he previously represented clients who accused Apple of anticompetitive practices, but sources told the Journal that he is likely to end up working on any action against the company. Kanter was cleared to work on the Google issues after the department assessed similar concerns about his work in private practice.

The Ministry of Justice is conducting two antitrust lawsuits against Googleand the first trial is expected to take place in September.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Ministry of Justice declined to comment.

Read the full report in The Wall Street Journal.

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