In 2011, a Lawsuit was filed against Apple that accused the company of illegal monopoly through the restriction of iPhone users to mobile apps within its own App Store, thus reducing consumer choice.
This cases was eventually dismissed in 2013, due to apparent errors in the case, by a U.S. district court in Northern California. However the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit permitting its continuation in 2017.
Apple consequently started a petition for a writ of certiorari, granted today, which results in the requirement of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision as to whether or not the cawse should progress.
Apple now hopes the Supreme Court agrees that the case ought to be dismissed again, as only last month the U.S. Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in support of Apple, arguing that the Ninth Circuit misapplied precedent from Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois.
Throughout Apple has argued that it doesn’t set the price for paid apps, and that its 30% commission on purchase of paid apps and in-app purchases does not violate antitrust laws in the U.S.