Supreme Court Rules Against Apple In App Store Monopoly Suit… Kavanaugh Votes With Liberals

Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with liberal justices against Apple dealing a blow to the tech giant in App Store challenge.

The case was brought by iPhone users who complained that the App Store is the only place where iPhone apps are available and that, as a result, Apple has a monopoly on “the iPhone apps aftermarket.” They claim prices are consequently high stemming from the charges Apple imposes on app developers.

NY Post:

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The US Supreme Court on Monday gave the go-ahead for a lawsuit by consumers accusing Apple of monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and forcing them to overpay, rejecting the company’s bid to escape claims that its practices violate federal antitrust law.

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Apple shares fell more than 5 percent after the justices, in a 5-4 ruling, upheld a lower court’s decision to allow the proposed class action lawsuit to proceed. The plaintiffs said the Cupertino, California-based technology company required that apps be sold through its App Store and extracted an excessive 30 percent commission on purchases.

Conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, an appointee of President Donald Trump, joined the court’s four liberal justices to rule against Apple and wrote the decision.

Apple shares were trading down more than $10 at $186.84 by mid-morning.

Explaining the ruling from the bench, Kavanaugh said, “Leaving consumers at the mercy of monopolistic retailers simply because upstream suppliers could also sue the retailers would directly contradict the longstanding goal of effective private enforcement in antitrust cases.” Keep reading…

Most of us on the right want judges who use the law and constitution to make judgments. Not call the DNC or RNC to ask how to vote. I respect that Brett Kavanaugh was his own person on this and his point makes sufficient sense to be legitimate!

It would be nice if Apple didn’t control what apps were offered or could run on Apple devices. They have shut down free speech by silencing many conservative apps. Now we need to court rulings against Twitter and Facebook.

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