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US court allows consumers antitrust suit against Apple

WASHINGTON: A divided Supreme Court ruled on Monday that consumers can pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps.

New Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the court’s four liberals in rejecting a plea from Cupertino, California-based Apple to end the lawsuit. Apple charges a 30% commission to software developers whose more than 2 million apps are sold through Apple’s App Store, and iPhone users who must purchase software for their smartphones exclusively through the App Store bear that cost in turn. IPhone users filed the suit. Kavanaugh wrote the majority opinion.

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“In other words, Apple as retailer pockets a 30% commission on every app sale,” said Kavanaugh, one of President Trump’s two high court appointees. That was enough to persuade that at this early stage of the legal fight, the lawsuit can continue, he said.

Apple had argued it’s merely a pipeline between app developers and consumers, and that iPhone users have no claims against Apple under antitrust law. The suit could force Apple to cut the commission it charges software developers. A judge could triple the compensation to consumers under antitrust law if Apple ultimately loses the suit.

News credit : Indiatimes