US Supreme Court decides to let consumers sue Apple over App Store rules

  • The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled against Apple in a case that could have broad implications for the e-commerce industry and which also means the door is now open for consumers to sue the iPhone maker over its App Store rules and practices.
  • In a 5-4 ruling, with Donald Trump appointee Brett Kavanaugh siding with the court’s four liberal justices, the decision essentially clears the way for a class action lawsuit against Apple to proceed.
  • For a bit of background here, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in January 2017 that Apple sells its apps directly to consumers and that they can move forward with an antitrust suit on these grounds.
  • During oral arguments in this case in the fall, Justice Elena Kagan said it seemed clear that consumers have a direct relationship with Apple here – and thus, as such, should be able to sue the company.

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