Apple Must Face App Store Class Action, Justices Say
By Bryan Koenig (May 13, 2019, 10:14 AM EDT) -- Apple will have to face consumers accusing the company of monopolizing the iPhone app market after the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that customers are direct purchasers able to pursue a proposed antitrust class action under federal law.
The justices rejected Apple Inc.'s assertions that the consumers are "indirect purchasers" barred from pursuing federal antitrust damages under the high court's 1977 ruling in Illinois Brick v. Illinois. Instead, they found the App Store buyers are direct purchasers from Apple, sidestepping calls from 31 states to overturn the landmark Illinois Brick ruling, which has generally limited federal antitrust claims under the...
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