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The alleged monopoly of the App Store on trial in the United States

A 2011 lawsuit filed against Apple specifically related to the App Store is currently in a lawsuit that has reached the U.S. Supreme Court . The reason why the lawsuit was filed 7 years ago was because of the conflicting 30% commission that Cupertino’s users pocket with each paid application downloaded by users. It seems that the judges are now aiming to condemn Apple, giving the users the reason. In this article we advance details about the process.

The App Store is the only platform on iOS that legally allows the download and installation of applications. This means that all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch app developers must pass through the Apple filter and accept Apple’s requirements in order to publish their app in the App Store.

The alleged monopoly of the App Store on trial in the United States
The alleged monopoly of the App Store on trial in the United States

It is known that Apple charges a commission of 30% on the sales generated by its app store. That is why a group of users, led by scientist Robert Pepper, presented in 2011 a lawsuit in which they denounced an alleged monopoly by Apple because they considered that the applications could have a lower price if they were outside the App Store.

The App Store collects 30% of app sales

In the year 2013 the lawsuit was dismissed by a California court due to a series of errors found in the brief. Subsequently, after going through the Court of Appeals, the case was reopened in 2017 leading to Apple having to appeal to the Supreme Court. That same court is now in the process of determining after having held a trial today in which both parties were able to present arguments for one hour.

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From Apple they try to defend from the monopoly accusations alleging that there is no violation of laws by not setting prices. They also have the support of the Department of Justice of the United States that already issued a statement last year in their defense. But on the other hand, the plaintiffs would have the support of 30 state attorneys general who represent, among others, the states of Texas, California and New York.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on this case in 2019 . In the meantime, Apple has not ruled and is not expected to do so until the litigation is concluded.

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