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Supreme Court rules iPhone users can sue Apple over App Store prices


Added 05-13-19 11:56:02am EST - “The Supreme Court on Monday said that iPhone users can proceed with a class-action lawsuit against Apple over its control of app sales in a? ruling that could threaten the company's exclusive marketplace third-party software.” - Thehill.com

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The Supreme Court on Monday said that iPhone users can proceed with a class-action lawsuit against Apple over its control of app sales in a ruling that could threaten the company's exclusive marketplace third-party software.

A group of consumers had sued Apple, claiming that the company's monopoly over its App Store led to inflated app prices. Apple disputed the legality of the suit, arguing the consumers could only sue the app developers.

Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMichael Bennet must find a way to stand out in the crowd Michael Bennet a welcome addition to the 2020 Democratic field Suspense builds for Supreme Court moves on abortion, LGBT cases MORE wrote the opinion for the 5-4 decision, surprising many by breaking with his conservative colleagues and siding with the court's liberal justices.

The Supreme Court had ruled in 1977 that only "direct purchasers" of products have standing to bring antitrust lawsuits. In his decision, Kavanaugh rejected Apple's argument that it was the app developers, and not the company operating the App Store, that sold the programs directly to users.

"Apple’s theory would provide a roadmap for monopolistic retailers to structure transactions with manufacturers or suppliers so as to evade antitrust claims by consumers and thereby thwart effective antitrust enforcement," Kavanaugh wrote.

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