Court revives suit alleging Apple monopoly on iPhone apps

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing Apple of having an illegal monopoly on the sale of iPhone apps.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday the plaintiffs have the right to sue Apple because they purchased apps directly from the company. Apple had argued that it did not sell apps, but instead acted as an intermediary used by the app developers.

The ruling overturned a lower court decision dismissing the .

An email to Apple was not immediately returned.

The lawsuit says Apple only allows developers to sell iPhone apps through its App Store. The lawsuit says Apple gets 30 percent of a customer's payment for an app developed by a third party.


Explore further

Apple wins appeal, $120 mn award from Samsung restored

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: Court revives suit alleging Apple monopoly on iPhone apps (2017, January 12) retrieved 24 May 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-court-revives-alleging-apple-monopoly.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
6 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more