US Supreme Court rules Apple must face an antitrust proceedings of App Store
The US Supreme Court has ruled in case Apple v. Pepper, 17-204 that the consumers may proceed with antitrust claims against Apple for forcing them to buy apps exclusively from Apple, therefore monopolising the retail market for apps. Apple currently buys apps from developers and adds a 30% markup. According to the US Supreme Court opinion, Apple has to amend its terms of service so the consumers pay the price directly to the developers and the developers remit the markup to Apple. If the antitrust case of the consumers wins on merit, this would affect many other platforms functioning on similar principle, such as Google Play and Amazon, as well as the liability of intermediaries.