Tuesday, 27 November 2018 05:16

Case against Apple over app commission likely to proceed

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A Supreme Court hearing of a case against Apple, which claims that the company has taken advantage of the market for iPhone apps, appears likely to proceed after just one of the nine judges agreed with Apple.

A report in the Seymour Chronicle said Chief Justice John Roberts was the only judge who appeared to be convinced by Apple's arguments which were made on Monday, seeking to shut down the anti-trust suit.

Users have brought the lawsuit to force Apple to reduce the 30% commission it charges developers who sell their apps exclusively through the App Store.

If the case succeeds, the damages paid to consumers could be tripled but first a decision has to be made on whether the case is allowed to proceed.

The report said Justice Stephen Breyer described the consumers' case as being in line with anti-trust law.

Apple is arguing that it has no direct connection with consumers and is merely a conduit between the app developers and those who purchase the apps.

The plaintiffs' lawyer, David Frederick, said Apple's monopoly was unique, adding that there was not a single ecommerce player who did what the company did.

A decision in whether the case can go ahead is expected early next year. 

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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