The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has rejected Apple’s appeal against antitrust charges brought on behalf of more than 1,500 iOS app developers. The plaintiff is seeking compensation of £785 million ($978 million).

Apple faces billion-dollar antitrust lawsuit in UK


The decision published by the CAT caught the attention of Reuters. The document says Apple’s accusations of blocking competition on behalf of 1,566 British developers are justified.

In 2023, the lawsuit was brought by Sean Ennis, a professor at the Competition Policy Center at the University of East Anglia. The lawsuit alleges that Apple blocked developers from its ecosystem and charged an unfair 30% commission on app purchases and App Store purchases.

Apple argued in its appeal that the plaintiff could not rely on British competition law because the fee was charged for transactions that took place outside the United Kingdom. The CAT claimed the right to hear the case despite this fact.

The trial may not begin until next year. However, it is unknown when it will end.

This is not the first time an American corporation has faced antitrust charges. For example, last month the US Department of Justice and authorities in 16 states filed a lawsuit alleging numerous violations of antitrust laws, including abuse of a dominant position in the smartphone market.

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Akhmed Sadulayev

Source: RB

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