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US SC deals blow to Apple in anti-trust case

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In a major blow to Apple, the has ruled that consumers can pursue their anti-trust lawsuit and sue the company for forcing them to buy apps exclusively from it through its

The suit alleges that consumers pay inflated prices because requires all be sold and purchased through its

argued that only app developers, and not users, should be able to bring such a lawsuit. But the Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, rejected the demand.

"The case brings the most direct legal challenge in the US to the clout that has built up through its And it raises questions about how the company has wielded that power, amid a wave of anti-tech sentiment that has also prompted concerns about the dominance of other tech behemoths such as and Amazon," reported on Monday.

"Apple's line-drawing does not make a lot of sense, other than as a way to gerrymander Apple out of this and similar lawsuits," Justice Kavanaugh wrote, according to the CNBC.

App makers and users have come to rely on almost as if it was an utility.

features more than two million apps and generated more than $26 billion in payments to developers in 2017, according to

Meanwhile, the decision was hailed by consumer advocates like the (CDT).

"Today, more and more of consumers' purchases go through platforms, where sellers and buyers meet virtually via technology, instead of in brick-and-mortar stores," Avery Gardiner, CDT's senior fellow for competition, data and power, was quoted as saying by the Wired.



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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 12:02 IST