Amy L. Howe:
The Supreme Court heard oral argument this morning in a dispute
between technology giant Apple and a group of iPhone users over
the sale of apps from Apple’s App Store. The iPhone users are
seeking massive damages from Apple, complaining that the company
is violating federal antitrust laws by requiring the users to buy
apps exclusively from the App Store. But as it comes to the
justices, the case is about whether the iPhone users can bring
their lawsuit at all: Apple contends that they cannot, because it
is only selling the apps at the prices set by app developers.
After 60 minutes of debate, there seemed to be at least five votes
to allow the case to move forward, with only Chief Justice John
Roberts appearing to be a clear vote for Apple.
Good analysis of today’s argument.