Todd Wallace comments on the latest development in Apple iPhone apps antitrust litigation
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The issue reached by the Ninth Circuit obviously has samsung coque j5 2017 potential for far reaching effect in the digital age. Supreme Court has decided to hear Apple’s appeal. In early 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a dismissal by the district court for lack of statutory standing. Attorney K. Todd Wallace of the law firm of Wallace Meyaski, New Orleans, reviews the case.
Plaintiffs in the case are purchasers of iPhones and iPhone apps between 2007 and 2013. Plaintiffs allege “that Apple has monopolized and attempted to coque iphone 5 clapet personnalisable monopolize the market for iPhone apps.” As familiar to many users, the Ninth Circuit coque iphone 5 psg outlined the factual background of the iPhone ecosystem. “The iPhone is a ‘closed system,’ meaning that Apple controls which appssuch as ringtones, instant messaging, Internet, video, and the like can run on an iPhone software. In 2008, Apple launched the ‘App Store,’ an internet site where iPhone users can find, purchase, and download iPhone apps. Apple has developed some of the apps sold in the App Store, but coque iphone 4s kendji many of the apps sold in the store have been developed by third party developers.” Noting that Apple receives a 30% commission from any sale of apps developed by third party developers, the Ninth Circuit went on coque iphone 6 to explain that “Apple prohibits app developers from selling iPhone apps through channels other than the App Store, threatening to cut off sales by any developer who violates this prohibition. Apple discourages iPhone owners from downloading unapproved apps, threatening to void coque personnalisees iphone iPhone warranties if they do so.”
Plaintiffs’ complaint went coque rhinoshield pour samsung j3 through multiple versions and amendments following complex history of legal procedure at the trial level. The last amended complaint addressed only Apple’s monopolization of the iPhone app market. At the trial level, Apple sought and coque iphone 4 pour amoureux was granted a dismissal based on statutory standing to sue in an antitrust case.
“Under4 of the Clayton Act, ‘any person who shall be injured in his business or property by reason of anything forbidden in the antitrust laws may sue . . . Supreme Court has limited the definition of any person under the act in Illinois Brick Co. v. 720 (1977) to “only ‘the overcharged coque iphone 4s captain america direct purchaser, and not others in the chain of manufacture or distribution'”. Therefore, the Ninth Circuit framed the issue as “whether Plaintiffs purchased their iPhone apps directly from the app developers, or directly from Apple. Stated otherwise, the question is whether Apple is a manufacturer or producer, or whether it is a distributor. . la coque samsung galaxy j5 2017 couleur rose . . [I]f Apple is a manufacturer or producer from whom Plaintiffs purchased indirectly, Plaintiffs do not have standing. But if Apple is a distributor from whom Plaintiffs purchased directly, Plaintiffs do have standing.”
Apple argued that “it does not sell apps but rather sells ‘software distribution services to developers.’ In Apple view, because it sells distribution services to app developers, it cannot simultaneously be a distributor of apps to app purchasers. Apple analogizes its role coque samsung j5 2017 je peux pas to the role of an owner of a shopping mall that ‘leases physical space to various stores.'” The Ninth Circuit rejected Apple’s argument, noting that “part of the anti competitive behavior alleged by Plaintiffs is that, far from allowing iPhone coques personnalisees iphone 7 8 app developers to sell through their own ‘stores,’ Apple specifically forbids them to do so, instead requiring them to sell iPhone apps only through Apple coque autres iphone App coque samsung galaxy j5 2017 yiga Store.”
The Ninth Circuit explained that the decision is compelled “on coque samsung j5 real madrid the fundamental distinction between a manufacturer or producer, on the one hand, and a distributor, on the other. Apple is a distributor of the iPhone apps, selling them directly to purchasers through its App Store. Because Apple is a distributor, Plaintiffs have standing under Illinois Brick to sue Apple for allegedly monopolizing and attempting to monopolize the sale of iPhone apps.”
Mr. Wallace notes: “The issue reached by the Ninth Circuit obviously has potential for far reaching effect in the digital age. Many tech companies, such as Google, will likely be watching the Supreme Court case closely as the Court shapes the antitrust exposure of not only Apple but many others who follow such a business model.”
Kenneth Todd Wallace is an attorney and founding partner of the law firm coque iphone 4 devant derriere Wallace Meyaski LLC. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the legal and business professions with established excellence coque samsung galaxy j3 2016 gel in trial advocacy, negotiation, strategic and initiative planning, employment coque samsung j5 2016 tatouage law compliance, government relations, mergers and acquisitions, coque samsung j3 2017 dure and team building…