The Supreme Court has allowed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple proceed. This provides that apple users can sue the company for using their monopoly power to raise the prices of their applications.
Apple in their defense claimed that they were not ‘direct purchasers’ which was ruled against, as their claim was tricky and could let other companies evade legitimate antitrust claims.
According to the New York Times , The court’s 5-to-4 vote featured an unusual alignment of justices, with President Trump’s two appointees on opposite sides. Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, wrote the majority opinion, which was also signed by the court’s four more liberal justices. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who joined the court in 2017, wrote the dissent.
The lawsuit focuses on the fees that Apple attaches to sales in its App Store. Apple charges about a 30 percent commission to those selling products through its store, and is involved in setting prices. The company also stops them from selling their apps elsewhere.
If Apple loses the case, the company will have to pay those overcharged, as claimed.