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Supreme Court to take up iPhone app lawsuit

June 18, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether the purchasers of iPhone apps can sue Apple over allegations it has an illegal monopoly on the sale of the apps.

The court said Monday it will take a case from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled in January that the purchasers of iPhone apps could sue Apple. Their lawsuit says that when a customer buys an app, the price includes a 30 percent markup that goes to Apple.

Apple had argued it did not sell apps, but instead acted as an intermediary used by the app developers.

Apple initially won in a lower court, which dismissed the lawsuit.

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