Supreme Court Allows for Class Action Against Apple
Apple's direct app sales to customers a possible monopoly
On Monday the Supreme Court issued their decision on the case of Apple Inc. v. Pepper. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court determined that an antitrust lawsuit against Apple could move forward. The case revolved around the fact that people who purchased apps from the Apple App Store were, in fact, direct purchasers from Apple, and that Apple was not merely a pipeline for consumers. Since they weren’t able to buy apps for their phone from any other source, future lawsuits will determine if this practice is anti-competition.
Justice Kavanaugh joined the majority of the Supreme Court to issue the majority opinion. In his opinion, he made it clear that Apple was not merely a pipeline for consumers saying, “The iPhone owners purchase apps directly from the retailer Apple.” For that reason, Justice Kavanaugh was in favor of allowing the lawsuit to move forward.
- For the Court to have wisdom as they deliberate on other cases.
- For the Justices of the Court to have wisdom as they decide which cases they should hear in the October term.
- For judges in the upcoming Apple lawsuit to have wisdom as to the best direction to move forward.