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Application developers are suing Apple – they believe the company is monopolizing the mobile market

Plaintiffs found the App Store requirements inappropriate. The case is already working lawyers, previously won the trial against Apple.

In a class action lawsuit from the development team, it is said that Apple is violating California law and the federal antitrust law on unfair competition.

It also says that the company has driven the mobile market into a corner using the App Store, using it to take 30 percent of the profits and close access to the iOS market to those developers who have not been certified in its store.

It is noted that Apple imposes a commission on all in-game purchases, and also charges developers $ 99 a year, which, according to the plaintiffs, harms small independent companies.

The lawyers also say that because of the App Store monopoly, users do not even see most of the available applications in the service – in 2018 there were more than two million.

However, the main complaint of the plaintiffs is that developers do not receive any alternatives on iOS other than the App Store – and this is in their opinion illegal.

Their interests are represented by Hagens Berman – it invites all application authors to cooperate with whom the current state of affairs in the App Store seems unfair and illegal.

Apple clearly abuses its market power to the detriment of developers who are forced to use the only platform available to them for selling their iOS app. This is not the first time we convict Apple of anti-competitive behavior […]. We have forced Apple to listen to the law in the past, and we intend to fight hard for the rights of iOS developers who work hard on their products in the hope of fair monetization.

Steve Berman Managing Partner Hagens Berman

In 2016, Hagens Berman won a case against Apple and other publishers, achieving a total payout of $ 560 million. The firm represented the interests of e-book buyers who were forced to pay at inflated prices.

Apple admits that it stops any competition with its service on iOS, ostensibly to protect its customers from bad applications and malware. But this is only a pretense. There is no reason to believe that other reputable vendors, including Amazon, for example, would not be able to place [on iOS] an app store and provide a reliable distribution system if Apple allowed it.

Steve Berman Managing Partner Hagens Berman

Tim Cook in an interview with CBS channel said that Apple is not a monopoly, focusing on the fact that the company is not the leader in sales of smartphones in the world market – in 2018 she lost to Samsung and Huawei.

I think we need to carefully study. […] I do not think that any reasonable person would say that we are monopolists. Our share is modest, we do not dominate any market.
Tim CookApple CEO

However, the lawsuit is directed specifically against the mobile apps market on iOS, where there are no other stores besides the App Store.

Apple, along with other technology giants, is increasingly facing similar charges. The decision of the Supreme Court, adopted last month, now allows individual consumers to sue Apple, accusing the company of monopolization.

Previously, the company argued that the end user is not an Apple customer, and therefore cannot file a lawsuit against the company. According to the corporation, users buy content not from it, but from developers who, in turn, are customers of the App Store. The Supreme Court rejected this argument.

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