Supreme Court allows Apple App Store antitrust lawsuit to continue

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to undo a proposed class action accusing Apple of monopolizing the iPhone app market, upholding a Ninth Circuit decision reviving the antitrust suit brought by consumers, reports Law360.

The lawsuit was originally filed in late 2011 by a group of consumers accusing Apple of monopolizing the market for iOS apps by not allowing any other way of purchasing such apps beyond the company’s own online store.The case could expand the threat of antitrust damages against companies in the rapidly growing field of electronic commerce, which generates hundreds of billions of dollars annually in U.S. retail sales.

Filers of the lawsuit argued that Apple’s 30% commission on sales through the App Store was passed along to consumers, an unfair use of monopoly power. However, the tech giant argued that only app developers, and not users, should be able to bring such a lawsuit.

“Apple’s line-drawing does not make a lot of sense, other than as a way to gerrymander Apple out of this and similar lawsuits,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote.

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