This is part two of an article about the Supreme Court’s 2019 decision in Apple v. Pepper, the classic antitrust cases of Illinois Brick and Hanover Shoe, indirect purchaser lawsuits, and state antitrust claims. If you haven’t read that article, you should because it provides the background for this article. We described how the US Supreme Court decided to deal with the issue of both direct purchasers and indirect purchasers wanting damages for alleged antitrust violations. The Supreme Court first prohibited defendants from raising the defense that direct purchasers “passed-on” any damages to indirect purchasers (Hanover Shoe). Later, the Supreme Court prohibited indirect purchasers from seeking damages for federal antitrust claims (Illinois Brick). When the indirect
The US Supreme Court holds that App store consumers are direct purchasers of the Big Tech company and are thus not precluded from suing for damages under federal antitrust law (Apple / Pepper)
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