Supreme Court rules against Apple, allowing lawsuit targeting App Store to proceed

Supreme Court rules against Apple, allowing lawsuit targeting App Store to proceed

A narrowly divided Supreme Court is allowing a group of consumers to move forward with a lawsuit charging that Apple overcharges customers for app store purchases. Those companies, which include Facebook, Google and Amazon, were on Apple's side during the Supreme Court deliberation, and may be affected by the outcome of the antitrust suit.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the go-ahead for a lawsuit by consumers accusing Apple Inc of monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and forcing them to overpay, rejecting the company's bid to escape claims that its practices violate federal antitrust law.

However, the court ruled 5-4 that Apple's direct-purchaser argument is flawed based on the Illinois Brick precedent.

"At this early pleadings stage of the litigation, we do not assess the merits of the plaintiffs' antitrust claims against Apple, nor do we consider any other defenses Apple might have", he added.

But Kavanaugh wrote that the previous decision wasn't meant "to bar direct-purchaser suits against monopolistic retailers who employ commissions rather than markups".

iPhone owners filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple back in 2011. In addition, Apple takes a 30 percent cut of every sale, which the lawsuit alleged was passed down to consumers in the form of overpriced apps. Apple has argued that developers are the ones who set prices, and that it's not in violation of any antitrust laws.

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Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the liberal wing of the Supreme Court on Monday, penning an opinion against Apple that ruled the tech company can be sued over high prices in their App Store.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's other pick, wrote a dissent for four conservative justices. "But if Apple does lose, one possible outcome is that Apple might be forced to allow consumers to install apps from outside the App Store".

Apple argued that the same logic applies to its App Store.

Tom's Hardware has reached out to Apple for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.

Do our readers agree that any fair court would find Apple guilty?

The thing is, Apple's older phones hold their value incredibly well and even when they're discontinued by Apple, they still are sold by third-party vendors in relatively high numbers, so the Cupertino brand would be making life hard for itself by dropping the iPhone 6 (which was one of the most popular iPhones yet).

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