"The Supreme Court yesterday gave Apple a major defeat in an antitrust case," reports Adi Robertson for The Verge. "A group of iOS users argued that Apple had unfairly driven app prices with its locked App Store. Apple claimed that users were not entitled to sue since they actually purchased developer apps instead of Apple. Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who spoke for a majority of the court, disagreed. "

"The new verdict states that app buyers are Apple's direct customers, giving them the right to continue with their antitrust case," Robertson reports. "This has no immediate consequences for Apple because there is still a long legal battle ahead. But if the plaintiff's case persists, it can change the relationship between digital platforms and users, giving customers the basic right to sue technology platforms to break the antitrust law. . "

" The plaintiffs want Apple to offer partial repayment of all paid iPhone apps, which Rifkin adds, to compensate "all buyers, wherever they are, who purchased iPhone apps for their iPhones at any time since The phone was introduced in 2007. They also want Apple to allow some alternative method for buying apps, "reports Robertson. "Morgan Reed, president of the industry group The App Association, claims that yesterday's decision could result in heavy litigation that will not ultimately help consumers. Reed points to the Supreme Court's dissenting opinion, where Justice Neil Gorsuch claimed that platforms might attempt to avoid the label" direct seller "With inefficient solutions so developers are managing their own payments and then writing a check to Apple."

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MacDailyNews Take: The amount that Apple Inc. has reduced across the board software prices on all major computers, makes legal actions such as this ridiculous. 1

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