Supreme Court rules iPhone users’ lawsuit against Apple can proceed

Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch (left) and Brett Kavanaugh wrote opposing opinions in a high-profile case involving Apple’s App Store. The two Trump appointees are seen here at the Capitol in February. Doug Mills/Pool / Reuters

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that four iPhone users have the right to pursue a major antitrust lawsuit against Apple over its App Store.

The plaintiffs argue that Apple has a monopoly over the sale of iPhone apps and is using it to charge higher prices than it could get in a free market.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose majority decision was joined by the court’s four more liberal justices, emphasized that the court was not taking a position on the merits of the lawsuit, but said the lawsuit could proceed because protecting consumers from monopoly pricing is the central concern of antitrust law.

In his dissent, Justice Neil Gorsuch said only app developers should be allowed to sue on those grounds hence creating special group status.

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