U.S. Appeals Court Revives App Store Monopoly Case

iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple over allegations that it has monopolized the mobile app market by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, reports Reuters. The decision comes from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and it revives a long-standing lawsuit regarding Apple’s iPhone app practices.

Reuters reports that a United States Appeals Court ruled today that those customers can move forward with their lawsuit against Apple.
“iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple Inc over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a long-simmering legal challenge originally filed in 2012 taking aim at Apple’s practice of only allowing iPhones to run apps purchased from its own App Store. A group of iPhone users sued saying the Cupertino, California, company’s practice was anticompetitive.”

When the lawsuit was originally dismissed, the judge agreed that because Apple does not set the prices for apps, but that developers do, there was no reason for the lawsuit to continue. However, this new ruling says that because Apple offers the platform from which those apps are sold, exclusively, then customers have the right to sue Apple.

The lawyer, speaking on behalf of the plaintiffs, says that the ultimate goal is to allow customers to buy iOS apps from wherever they would like.
“But if the challenge ultimately succeeds, “the obvious solution is to compel Apple to let people shop for applications wherever they want, which would open the market and help lower prices,” Mark C. Rifkin, an attorney with Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz representing the group of iPhone users, told Reuters in an interview. “The other alternative is for Apple to pay people damages for the higher than competitive prices they’ve had to pay historically because Apple has utilized its monopoly.””
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