U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Apple’s Case to End Antitrust Suit Over Market for iOS Apps

BY Evan Selleck

Published 18 Jun 2018

Some of the cases against Apple have been going on for many, many years. One of those is getting another boost today.

Apple has been battling an antitrust case against its iOS App Store for several years, dating back to 2012. In that case, which was filed as “Pepper et al v. Apple”, customers have alleged that it is impossible for there to be “price competition” with apps, iOS apps specifically, because Apple does not allow third-party sources to sell those same apps. Ultimately, the lawsuit believes this led to higher app prices and gives Apple the ability to charge excessive commissions for those apps sold in its digital storefront.

Back in 2013, however, the effort was dismissed by a judge. However, a U.S. Appeals Court judge revived the initiative, and stated that the customers who filed against Apple could move forward with their antitrust claim against the Cupertino-based company. Here is what that report stated at the time:

“iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple Inc over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a long-simmering legal challenge originally filed in 2012 taking aim at Apple’s practice of only allowing iPhones to run apps purchased from its own App Store. A group of iPhone users sued saying the Cupertino, California, company’s practice was anticompetitive.”

Now, as was first reported by Greg Stohr of Bloomberg via Twitter, the United States Supreme Court will be hearing Apple’s “bid to end an antitrust suit over the market for iPhone apps”.

At this time, there is no additional information to go on.

Our Take

Apple has been fighting this case for years, but it looks like it will finally get a decision one way or another soon. Which way do you think the decision will go?

[via @GregStohr]