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Justices' App Store Ruling Leaves Some In Tech On Edge

Law360 (May 14, 2019, 8:54 PM EDT) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that iPhone users can bring antitrust claims against Apple over commissions charged on apps on the App Store, drawing a heated dissent from the conservative minority as technology companies warned the decision dangerously expands who counts as a “direct purchaser” able to bring such claims.

The court’s 5-4 majority — comprising a coalition of its four liberal members and conservative Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, the decision’s author — penned a ruling they said is straight-forward: iPhone users pay Apple for apps on the App Store, and thus they are “direct purchasers” able to pursue antitrust...

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3410 Antitrust

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August 7, 2017

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