Supreme Court OKs Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple’s App Store Practices

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The Supreme Court ruled Monday that iPhone users can bring an antitrust lawsuit against Apple alleging the tech giant has monopolized the market for software applications.

"So if the commission is in fact a monopolistic overcharge, the developers are the parties who are directly injured by it. Plaintiffs can be injured only if the developers are able and choose to pass on the overcharge to them in the form of higher app prices that the developers alone control". Apple has claimed that consumers are actually purchasing the apps from the developer directly and that Apple's relationship was with the developers, who then paid them the commission.

Apple tried to have the case dismissed based on a legal precedent that says corporations cannot be sued by people who purchase goods or services indirectly. And because Apple doesn't allow app makers to distribute iPhone apps any other way, this behavior is doubly injurious as iPhone users have no other choices. Based on its own interpretation of the legal precedent, Apple argues that consumers can only sue the developers due to their role setting prices.

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

The court has not declared Apple monopolists yet, but this ruling does allow the case to proceed.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's other pick, wrote a dissent for four conservative justices.

"The problem is that the 30 percent commission falls initially on the developers", Gorsuch wrote. has reached out to Apple for comment on the court's decision.

The report also claims that not just iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone SE, the upcoming iOS 13 will not be released for the iPhone 5s, the iPad mini 2, and iPad Air as well as these devices are over 5 years old, and were released in 2013.

French website iPhoneSoft claims the models being targeted by Apple's change of mind are iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. These consumers brought their case under federal antitrust laws, arguing that Apple's practices made it a monopoly.



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