U.S. Supreme Court to Review Whether Lawsuit Accusing Apple of App Store Monopoly Should Proceed

In 2011, a class action lawsuit filed against Apple accused the company of operating an illegal monopoly by not allowing iPhone users to download mobile apps outside of its own App Store, reducing consumer choice.

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The antitrust case was eventually dismissed in 2013 by a U.S. district court in Northern California, due to errors in the complaint, leading to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit allowing it to proceed in 2017.

That decision led to Apple's petition for a writ of certiorari, which was granted today, meaning that the U.S. Supreme Court will now review the appeals court's decision to reinstate the case last year, according to Reuters.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in support of Apple, urging the Supreme Court to reverse the Ninth Circuit's decision, arguing that it misapplied precedent from Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois.

From the start, Apple has argued that it doesn't set prices for paid apps, and that charging a 30 percent commission on the distribution of paid apps and in-app purchases does not violate antitrust laws in the United States.

Apple will now hope the Supreme Court agrees that the case should be dismissed again. No date has been disclosed for the hearing.

Top Rated Comments

nburwell Avatar
54 months ago
If someone doesn't like being tied down to the App Store, then simply don't buy an iPhone. It's common sense.
Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gorms Avatar
54 months ago
Considering the protections the App Store provides, this is an instance where more choice probably won't be better for consumers.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Baymowe335 Avatar
54 months ago
This is not going to go anywhere because it's not a Monopoly.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
neutralguy Avatar
54 months ago
If someone doesn't like being tied down to the App Store then simply don't buy an iPhone. It's common sense.
Somehow that argument didn't work in favor of Microsoft..if you didn't like internet explorer, you didn't have to buy a Windows desktop.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Baymowe335 Avatar
54 months ago
It is a vertical monopoly.
Prove it. You didn't have to buy an Apple product.

This kind of nonsense is a waste of time because people have choices. Once you're an Apple customer, they can do whatever they want and if you don't like it, leave. No Monopoly. It's Apple's prerogative if they want to be as vertically integrated as possible.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Blackstick Avatar
54 months ago
This is no different than the fact you're limited to shopping at the onboard stores when you take a cruise.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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