The lawsuit stems from an accusation against the Apple App Store of a dominant position in the distribution of applications and payment services
It is known by all that Apple’s transaction system, hand in hand with its extremely high commissions, has been the subject of discussion for years, where in different countries it has had to go to fair trials for its dominant and monopolistic position.
A court in the United Kingdom has been the last, where they have given the green light to a Collective Procedure Order against the Californian brand. This order is based on the monopoly that the company itself establishes, and that would affect more than 19.6 million British users.
This order has been presented by Dr. Rachel Kent, a professor at King’s College London, where, thanks to an investigation carried out on the market controlled by the bitten apple, she has demonstrated her absolute position.
This study is based on anti-competitive practices, highly controlled by British regulations and which has led a court in that country to decide to carry out this trial, where a possible fine of up to 1,500 million dollars is estimated.
Dr. Rachel Kent alleges that Apple has excluded all competition from potential or actual rivals through its restrictive terms and conditions, in the case of iOS and iPad OS.
This does not affect MacOS since this operating system does allow the installation of applications externally no control over its payment system.
The way to control all purchases through its own system by Apple gets developers to be forced to follow company regulationsclaiming that Apple is overcharging users with iOS devices.
The class action lawsuit was accepted on May 11 of last year, where Apple alleged its cancellation up to two times, and that today has been denied by the courtmaking it clear that the lawsuit itself is still standing.
According to the doctor, an expert in economics, this case would cost Apple between 600,000 and 1,800 million dollars, affecting 19.6 million iOS users in the United Kingdom. As arguments against Apple, numerous complaints from developers and a report of costs and net income from the App Store have been compiled.
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