The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging the company has monopolized the smartphone and violated antitrust laws.

Pepperdine professor of law and public policy Gregory McNeal joined “Inside the Issues” host Amrit Singh to detail what the DOJ is hoping to accomplish with this lawsuit.

The key issues the DOJ complaint alleges are that Apple suppresses mobile cloud streaming services, excludes cross-platform messaging apps, limits third-party digital wallets and smart watches.

It’s through practices like these that the DOJ says Apple has been able to hold on to the smartphone market.

“And then you will have other people look at it and say: is that what they’re doing? Or are they just building better products and that’s why people are paying a premium,” McNeal said.

A specific example the DOJ highlights is the cross-platform messaging between Apple and Android phones. The Blue v. Green colored messages have pitted users against each other, but McNeal isn’t sure that it’s the government’s place to weigh in.

“I might think it’s bad, but I don’t know that I need the government, with the full force of my taxpayer authority behind it, to go after companies when I don’t like their product decisions,” McNeal said.