The Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court weighs monopoly case involving Apple’s App Store

WASHINGTON — Apple Inc.’s exclusive market for selling iPhone apps came under fire at the Supreme Court on Monday, as justices considered whether consumers should be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit alleging the company has an illegal monopoly that produces higher prices.

The plaintiffs are a group of consumers pursuing a class-action lawsuit seeking damages on behalf of people who have purchased iPhone apps. They argue that prices are higher than they would be in a competitive market because Apple AAPL, +1.35% requires that all software for its phones be sold and purchased through its App Store.

App developers can only reach iPhone users through Apple’s store, and the company charges the developers a 30% commission.

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