Supreme Court rules antitrust lawsuit against Apple can move forward

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 11:30 AM PT — Monday, May 13, 2019

The Supreme Court ruled a lawsuit against Apple over it’s App Store can move forward.

In a five-to-four decision Monday, the court affirmed iPhone users can proceed with an antitrust suit alleging the companies commission on sales through the App Store is a unfair use of monopoly power.

FILE- In this May 31, 2018, file photo customers enter the Apple store in New York. The Supreme Court is allowing consumers to pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Apple had contended only app developers should be able to bring forward such litigation.

However, in writing for the majority Justice Brett Kavanaugh rejected the argument. Instead, he suggested it was nothing more than an attempt to exclude Apple from the suit and similar litigation.

The court did not rule on the plaintiff’s merits, but the matter can now be litigated in District Court.

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