Quantcast
COURT TAKES A BITE OUT OF APPLE

The Supreme Court sided with the plaintiffs Monday in an antitrust class action against Apple over its App Store. Will the courts eventually decide that Apple’s App Store is a monopoly?

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to allow the antitrust lawsuit against Apple, Apple v. Pepper, to  proceed, rejecting Apple’s position that that iOS App Store users are not truly Apple customers. Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the liberal judges in upholding the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision.

Apple charges a 30% commission on apps sold in their online store and prevents developers from selling their products elsewhere.

 “A claim that a monopolistic retailer (here, Apple) has used its monopoly to overcharge consumers is a classic antitrust claim. But Apple asserts that the [iOS users] in this case may not sue Apple because they supposedly were not ‘direct purchasers’” Kavanaugh wrote. “We disagree. The plaintiffs purchased apps directly from Apple and therefore are direct purchasers.”

There are plenty of legal hurdles ahead but if successful, Apple could be shelling out a significant payment as antitrust plaintiffs are entitled to triple damages.

Meanwhile, we await a ruling from Europe over Spotify’s issue with Apple. Stay tuned.

NEAR TRUTHS:
A WORSE MOUSETRAP
Feeling the burn of the Hot 100. (5/29a)
OSEARY ERA ENDS
AT MAVERICK
But don't expect Madge's man to go on "Holiday." (5/29a)
HITS LIST IS ALL WET
Your Top 10 talking points, updated (5/29a)
LADY GAGA DELIVERS
Superstar and her team call an audible. (5/29a)
AIRHEAD: HOW TO WIN THE HOT 100
You just need these six credit cards... (5/29a)
SHORT WEEK
Enjoy being even more confused by the calendar.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
Celebrating the music that fuels the biz.
INSTACART
Dammit, we said DILL pickles!.
TRUMP SAID WHAT, NOW?
Just wondering if you still give a fuck.
 Email

 First Name

 Last Name

 Company

 Country
CAPTCHA code
Captcha: (type the characters above)