Supreme Court Rules iPhone Owners Can Sue Apple For Monopolizing App Store

May 14, 2019

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On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a group of iPhone owners who accuse Apple of violating U.S. antitrust rules can sue the company. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in the majority opinion that the people behind the 2011 class action lawsuit against the tech giant have the right to hold it accountable for running a monopoly and "engag[ing> in unlawful anticompetitive conduct that harms consumers," CNN reports. "This is why we have antitrust law," he added. Kavanaugh was joined by the court's four liberal justices in the 5-4 decision. Though the opinion does not accuse Apple of violating antitrust law, it could have wide implications for similarly walled-off online storefronts operated by other tech companies.