US Supreme Court allows suit against Apple to proceed

Apple is seen at a store in Zurich Switzerland

If iPhone-users want to download a subscription-based app for their devices, they can do it exclusively through Apple's own electronic marketplace, the App Store.

"The consumers here purchased apps directly from Apple, and they allege that Apple used its monopoly power over the retail apps market to charge higher-than-competitive prices", Kavanaugh wrote, according to NPR.

Apple argued that only app developers, and not users, should be able to bring such a lawsuit.

Needless to say, this isn't a ruling against Apple, but while we're probably several years away from a decision in this case, it could eventually be the first step towards bigger changes in the App Store, including lower cuts on the App Store dev revenue.

Apple had avoided much of the antitrust scrutiny faced by other technology firms including Facebook, largely by arguing that it does not have a dominant position in the many markets in which it operates, from smart phones and laptops to streaming music services. The shares of Apple went down by nearly 6% to the news.

Shares of Apple stock were down some 5.85% in mid-day trading following the decision. The court in that case "held that an antitrust plaintiff can't sue a defendant for overcharging someone else who might (or might not) have passed on all (or some) of the overcharge to him", Gorsuch wrote.

Technically, Apple only allows iPhone apps to be distributed through the App Store. "The iPhone owners pay the alleged overcharge directly to Apple".

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This issue originally started in 2011 when some iPhone users claimed that App Store prices would be lower in an open market. The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the users can sue Apple.

A dissenting opinion written by Justice Neil Gorsuch and joined by other conservatives on the court agreed with Apple's argument that developers, not the company, sell to consumers and that the lawsuit is based on "pass-on" liability.

The dispute hinged in part on how the justices would apply a decision the court made in 1977 to the claims against Apple. Developers can create apps and publish them in the App Store with a $99 account.

In the Apple Supreme Court case, Justice Kavanaugh, along with four other Justices, disagreed with Apple and ruled against the company, saying that since Apple users purchase their apps directly from Apple, that makes Apple responsible to those customers.

The Illinois Brick decision "means that indirect purchasers who are two or more steps removed from the antitrust violator in a distribution chain may not sue", Kavanaugh said.

The ruling comes amid a growing backlash against major tech companies that dominate key segments of the online economy.

Apple's loss in this antitrust case could expose millions of dollars of damage within the company.

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