The US Supreme Court hears oral arguments to determine whether iPhone App Store customers are Apple direct purchasers in order to pursue the Big Tech monopoly claims (Apple / Pepper)

Will High Court allow consumers to pursue Apple Monopoly claims?* The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on November 26 in a suit alleging that the Ninth Circuit erred in holding that iPhone App Store customers were direct purchasers of those apps and had standing to sue Apple for the monopolization and attempted monopolization of the market for the sales of iPhone apps. The liberal justices appeared open to allowing the suit to move forward, questioning Apple’s contention that consumers were not directly affected by Apple’s 30-percent commission charge on every third-party iPhone application. Chief Justice Roberts and the conservative justices questioned whether Illinois Brick should be applied and whether this suit may open up Apple to suits from app developers and consumers. The

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Jody Coultas, The US Supreme Court hears oral arguments to determine whether iPhone App Store customers are Apple direct purchasers in order to pursue the Big Tech monopoly claims (Apple / Pepper), 26 November 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2018, Art. N° 88759

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