(Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Monday made advances for a lawsuit by consumers accusing Apple of monopolizing the iPhone software market and forcing them to pay too much and rejecting its bid to escape claims as its practice violates federal antitrust law.
The trials, in a 5-4 judgment, maintained a lower court's decision to allow the proposed appeal action to continue. The plaintiffs said that Cupertino, the California-based technology company demanded that apps be sold through the App Store and obtained an excessive 30% commission on purchases.
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Apple shares moved lower after the decision.
Apple, supported by the Trump administration, claimed that it only acted as an agent for app developers, who set their own prices and paid Apple's commission. Apple had argued that a Supreme Court ruling that allowed the case to continue could pose a threat to e-commerce, a rapidly growing segment of the US economy worth hundreds of billions of dollars in annual sales.
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