Lawyers pressing the case have said they will seek hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of overpaying consumers. This means that, if you're so inclined, you could bring suit against Apple for overcharging you. That decision was designed in part to keep companies from having to pay twice for the same misconduct. Apple also claimed that because they don't set the retail price of the apps on the store, iPhone users can not sue them. "There is no intermediary in the distribution chain between Apple and the consumer".
The class-action lawsuit from 2011 maintains that Apple, which takes a 30 percent commission on app sales, abuses its monopoly position, resulting in higher prices. Apple shares, already pressured by the U.S. "If the rate is lowered at AAPL or GOOG, the other would quickly follow", he wrote.
He added, "The consumers here purchased apps directly from Apple, and they allege that Apple used its monopoly power over the retail apps market to charge higher-than-competitive prices". Based on its own interpretation of the legal precedent, Apple argues that consumers can only sue the developers due to their role setting prices. It only ruled that lawsuits may go forward.
Monday's ruling, written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, did not resolve the merits of the claim against Apple. Apple also reiterated that developers set the price they want to charge, and noted that the majority of apps are free, in which case Apple gets nothing from them.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling.
Ed Black of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, a trade group, said the ruling opens up digital platforms to liability for their role as "matchmaker companies" than connect consumers with services. And because Apple doesn't allow app makers to distribute iPhone apps any other way, this behavior is doubly injurious as iPhone users have no other choices. In 2018, Apple paid out $34 billion in App Store revenues to app developers, a 28% increase year-over-year. "In other words, Apple as retailer pockets a 30% commission on every app sale", said Kavanaugh, one of President Donald Trump's two high court appointees.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court sided with four iPhone owners who contend the company has been inflating prices on the App Store -which is now the only official place to download apps for iOS devices.
Thirty-one states supported the consumers, urging the Supreme Court to allow the lawsuit and also to eliminate the direct-purchaser requirement altogether by overturning the Illinois Brick decision.