Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Lawsuit Targeting Apple’s 30% App Store Levy Is Allowed to Proceed, U.S. Supreme Court Rules

Bill Chappell and Nina Totenberg, NPR:

The theory of the lawsuit is that Apple’s 30% commission charge to app developers is often passed on to consumers — creating a higher-than-competitive price — and that competitors are shut out because Apple prevents iPhone owners from buying apps anywhere other than its App Store.

Apple sought to block the lawsuit, asserting that it had not set the prices on the apps and thus the iPhone owners had no standing to sue.

But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Apple, and on Monday the Supreme Court agreed.

This one is worth keeping an eye on, particularly as the E.U. also begins its examination into Spotify’s claims alleging anticompetitive behaviours.