The U.S. Supreme court considering a claim Apple is guilty in the organization of a monopoly in the market for iOS, was skeptical about the arguments of the lawyers of the company on the principles of pricing in the App Store and chosen model of distribution, reports CNBC. According to the newspaper, this can lead to the fact that the court will side with plaintiffs in this case and recognizes Apple guilty of violating the basics of competition by impeding the activity of third-party platforms are software distribution and deliberate overstating of the size of Commission fees charged to the developers.

In spite of the rule that serve the monopolists, the court may only affected the first phase, which in this case are the developers, some of those present at the meeting of judges considered that it should be revised. Such a position on this issue by judge Samuel Alito and the Nile of Gorsuch, who expressed doubts about the legitimacy of the applicable precedent.

What would happen if Apple is found guilty

If the judge decides to admit the truth of the plaintiffs, Apple can expect big trouble. The company may be required to eliminate violations of competition law, in particular by ceasing to provide barriers to the emergence of the market of third party application directories, and reduce the amount of Commission levied on each transaction effected in the App Store.

No matter how unreal didn’t look like the outcome, its probability is high enough. Anyway, the case is not a district court, whose decision can always be challenged, and the Supreme court, whose decision will not be able to cancel no one.

How it all began

Recall that the user group has addressed with the claim in court about compulsion of Apple Inc. to reduce the amount of a fee charged to developers who publish their apps in the App Store. According to plaintiffs, a thirty percent fee is forcing content creators to raise prices on its designs, which in turn adversely affects the financial condition of consumers. But worst of all, the plaintiffs state that they have no opportunity to refuse the use of the App Store, selecting a third-party platform, since Apple prevents their appearance.