Supreme Court to Hear Apple App Store Antitrust Case On Monday

Supreme Court to Hear Apple App Store Antitrust Case On Monday

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in an antitrust case on Monday that accuses Apple of breaking antitrust laws by monopolizing the market for iPhone apps, resulting in customers having to pay more than they should, reports Reuters.

A key issue in the case is the 30% cut that Apple takes from apps sold on the App Store which has resulted in higher prices for some applications. Based on a 1977 ruling, Apple says that only those directly overcharged have a right to damages for anti-competitive conduct. The judges will decide if consumers are able to sue Apple for damages even though they are indirect victims who paid an overcharge passed on by developers.

Apple, which is appealing a lower court decision that revived the proposed consumer class-action lawsuit, says no, citing a decades-old Supreme Court precedent. The Cupertino, California-based technology company said that siding with the iPhone users who filed the lawsuit would threaten the burgeoning field of e-commerce, which generates hundreds of billions of dollars annually in U.S. retail sales.

If the court sides with Apple, many tech platforms would start arguing that consumers don't have standing to bring a case against them, says Sandeep Vaheesan, legal director for the Open Markets Institute.

“Uber could say, we’re just providing communication services to ride-sharing drivers,” Vaheesan said, referring to the popular ride-sharing company. “If there’s an antitrust issue, the drivers can bring a claim but passengers do not have standing.”

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Supreme Court to Hear Apple App Store Antitrust Case On Monday

Schmeckelburger - November 26, 2018 at 1:59am
Why should apple be charging more than android. Android covers many phone manufacturers as apple is exclusively for iPhones. It’s a clear cut conflict and illegal. They just want to waste profits they so greedily horde. Let it be so ... Ruling they were fibbin n cheatn
RedMax - November 25, 2018 at 5:10pm
Apps are cheap enough. Bit less on “the other platform” but that’s like the Wild West. Without Apple there would be no App Store and without that it would be very hard to find what you wanted. You also get a bit of peace of mind knowing that Apple check apps for nasty stuff. FFS, so Apple make money, I thought that was what businesses were supposed to do. Always somebody trying to use the law to undermine successful businesses.
Me - November 27, 2018 at 1:32am
Agreed, but as a both: libertarian and a consumer, I'd love to see more competition not less, whether it by openness of the platform (let me do what I freakin please with the device I own outright!) or the "regulation" which achieves what free markets come short of - allow more competition. I really hope Apple would offer a compromise - a way to sideload an app at your own risk, and without no warranty bullshit, most people would stick with App Store anyway.
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