Activist iPhone app developers have filed a general lawsuit against Apple. The plaintiffs have long tolerated the company's policies on third-party applications and now decided to redress. The developers of iOS applications accuse the world famous corporation of monopoly, namely, that Apple has been holding in its hands the exclusive right to implement programs in the App Store for many years.
With their lawsuit, the developers want to weaken the "apple" exclusive monopoly on the implementation of application solutions for the iPhone and iPad, and also want to reduce commissions for the sale of iOS-programs. The activists' claims indicate that the corporation is not complying with federal antitrust laws and has violated the rules of fair competition.
The case of iOS developers is being handled by lawyers from Hagens Berman - a law firm has already become famous for winning a court against Apple. This happened in 2016, when the agency, having sided with consumers, managed to prove the collusion between publishers and Apple, because of which e-books were sold at artificially inflated prices. This lawsuit in defense of the developers is of group status. This means that every iOS developer can join.
Apple is accused of not respecting fair competition. The reason is that the company has created the only site where you can purchase an iOS application - the App Store. In addition, the lawsuits say that for more than 10 years the company has been collecting a 30% commission for the sale of programs, for subscriptions in the applications themselves and any purchases within them. The law firm conducting the case identifies the main goals that it wants to achieve through the litigation. This is a change in the situation with the current monopoly policy of Apple, and the provision of a competitive space for the implementation of iOS programs. The lawsuit is also intended to protect developers from high commissions.
However, the primary complaint of the court's statement is the disagreement with the existence of only one platform where you can host iPhone applications and other related products. When the App Store refuses to accept an application, its developer has a desperate situation. With almost no exceptions, all iOS programs are only available in the App Store, complying with all Apple rules to have access to implementation.
The Topic of Article: Developers of iOS applications decided to defend their rights in court, accusing Apple of monopoly.