US Supreme Court greenlights lawsuit over App Store monopoly

Apple products are seen for sale at the new Apple Carnegie Library during the grand opening and media preview in Washington

Supreme Court allows consumers antitrust suit against Apple

Robert Pepper and three other iPhone users filed an antitrust complaint in 2011 claiming Apple created an unfair monopoly over the "iPhone apps aftermarket" and drove up phone prices by blocking third-party apps.

The Supreme Court ruled against Apple on Monday in an antitrust lawsuit that accused the tech company of monopolizing IOS apps and artificially inflating prices through its App Store.

After a federal judge in Oakland, California threw out the suit, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived it in 2017, finding that Apple was a distributor that sold iPhone apps directly to consumers. From their perspective people on the App Store are "engaged in a one-step transaction with Apple", said Kagan.

Apple had argued it's merely a pipeline between app developers and consumers, and that iPhone users have no claims against Apple under antitrust law.

"So if the commission is in fact a monopolistic overcharge, the developers are the parties who are directly injured by it. Plaintiffs can be injured only if the developers are able and choose to pass on the overcharge to them in the form of higher app prices that the developers alone control".

Eden Hazard makes transfer claim amid Real Madrid rumours
Speaking after his side's 0-0 draw with Burnley on Sunday, Hazard revealed that he has made his "decision" on his future. Sarri declared: "I know very well that Eden tried to do his best for seven seasons at Chelsea ".

S&P 500 futures tumble as U.S.-China trade fears escalate
The two countries have been at odds since last summer when Trump implemented billions of dollars of tariffs on Chinese goods. The tariffs war has been hammering Chinese manufacturers and is an added drag on growth for the region.

Aaron Rodgers Explains "Game Of Thrones" Cameo In New Video
Rodgers made a mysterious tweet back in April about the fantasy series, using a hashtag that says "Episode 5 should be good". Last week, we reported that Rodgers would be in the episode and how fans were excited about his role in the episode.

Apple posits that allowing only the upstream app developers - and not the downstream consumers - to sue Apple would mean more effective antitrust enforcement.

Explaining the ruling from the bench, Kavanaugh said the 1977 precedent was "not a get-out-of-court-free card for monopolistic retailers", an apparent allusion to the popular board game Monopoly. President Trump's second nominee to the high court faced fierce Democratic opposition during his confirmation process, over sexual misconduct allegations as well as his judicial philosophy.

With Monday's ruling, it will kick the case back to a lower court, where iPhone owners and Apple will continue what is likely to be a lengthy legal battle.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's other pick, wrote the dissent for four conservative justices in the Apple case. This will allow the suits to go forward, and they could result in hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

They claim that this puts Apple in breach of anti-trust laws. Apple said the consumers were indirect purchasers, at best, because any overcharge would be passed on to them by developers.

Latest News