Moscow, November 27 — “Conduct. Economy” Against Apple filed a class action lawsuit, which says that the monopoly established the “Apple” company on the app market for iOS allows developers to dictate its own rules regarding the pricing principles. The plaintiffs accuse the copertina that they have created a closed market, preventing the emergence of new platforms of distribution. This in turn allowed Apple to set an excessive amount of Commission from the sale of each application.
The U.S. Supreme court heard arguments in favor of can consumers to file a claim against Apple in connection with violation of the Federal antitrust laws. Developers get 70% of revenue from its products, and 30% Apple takes. In a collective statement, filed in 2011 by a group of users, the plaintiffs accuse the company that it monopolisitic market apps for the iPhone, forcing consumers to overpay.
According to Reuters, the Supreme court completing the hearing of both parties and, apparently, ready to render a verdict in favor of copertina. Apple representatives argued that consumers have not suffered directly from the purchase of apps in the App Store because the company does not belong to the content store.
Apple finds it impossible to lower prices on apps for iOS, because such matters are solely administered by the developers themselves, and the company is committed to providing a platform for distribution applications. There is a percentage of each transaction, the content of the opinion. Therefore, the possibility of revising the price of software and games published in the App Store, not company-dependent. The only thing that may influence the Apple is on the content of applications that must conform to the requirements of the proprietary equipment.
In turn, the plaintiffs said that Apple’s monopoly leads to higher prices compared to if apps were available from other sources.
Some judges criticized the company, noting that, buying the app, users are doing a deal with Apple. Chief justice John Roberts agreed with the position of the Apple, but expressed concern that merely increasing the price of Apple can be held liable before users and app developers.
According to us law, the plaintiffs in monopoly cases there may be only the primary consumers, victims of actions of the enterprise-monopolist, which in this case are the developers, not the customers applications. Therefore, the judge may declare Apple a monopoly only with the treatment developers, allegedly suffering from exorbitant fees.
If the U.S. Supreme court finds Apple guilty of violating the basics of competition, plaintiffs will be entitled to compensation in the triple size from the injury suffered, and the company will be forced to eliminate violations.
Last year, developers received income from applications of $26 billion, which is 30% more than in 2016. The average price of paid apps in the App Store at the moment is $1.
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