The Supreme Courtruled 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.
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.