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.
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.
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