Apple Faces Anti-Trust Lawsuit Hearings over App Store on Monday
The United States Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments that are part of an Anti-Trust lawsuit against Apple over its “monopolistic hold” over the App store and app commission policies.
Apple collects 30% of each App Store sales and has previously asked the US Supreme Court to throw out the Lawsuits. The iPhone maker is appealing a lower court decision and claims that its practices were not monopolistic.
According to Reuters, Apple said siding with the consumers would threaten the field of e-commerce.
“Apple has seized upon a 1977 Supreme Court ruling that limited damages for anti-competitive conduct to those directly overcharged instead of indirect victims who paid an overcharge passed on by others. Part of the concern, the court said in that case, was to free judges from having to make complex calculations of damages. Apple said it is acting only as the agent for app developers who sell the apps to consumers through the App Store.”
iPhone users feel that Apple has violated federal antitrust laws as its monopoly has led to inflated prices and would have been lesser if apps were available from other sources.
“A lot of tech platforms will start making the argument that consumers don’t have standing to bring antitrust suits against us,” said Sandeep Vaheesan, legal director for the Open Markets Institute, a Washington-based antitrust advocacy group.
“Uber could say, we’re just providing communication services to ride-sharing drivers,” Vaheesan said, referring to the popular ride-sharing company. “If there’s an antitrust issue, the drivers can bring a claim but passengers do not have standing.”