The Apple to face another trial in UK After being accused of violating the country’s competition laws with its 30% App Store, which forces users to pay more for their apps than they should. The case in question was opened in 2021 and is part of a collective action.
More specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Apple violated the European country’s laws by stifling competition and charging “illegal” fees for digital purchases in its store. The movement is led by a professor of digital economy Rachel Kent.
According to the professor, the 30% fee applied by Apple on both in-App Store purchases and in-App Store transactions forces developers to pass on losses to users, which he characterizes as “unfair.”
According to Daily MailEven Apple asked in May Competition Appellate Tribunal, who handled the case, Kent dropped the charges based on legal errors and a “defective approach.” President of the Court, Ben TitswellHowever, it rejected the request this week.
Answer Daily MailKent celebrated the court’s decision:
I commend the Competition Appellate Tribunal for this clear and well thought out decision. A claim of this magnitude is always strongly defended. The anti-competitive practices we allege against Apple are at the heart of the company’s business strategy, which, with its unlimited resources, will make this fight ever more challenging.
If the class action is successful, all 19.6 million people who bought something from the App Store since October 2015 would be entitled to share. 1.5 billion pounds sterling Compensation is required. The trial is expected to begin in London in 2023.
via Apple Insider
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