IOS Developers Sue Apple Over App Store Fee
FILE PHOTO: An employee of German Apple retailer Gravis displays an iPhone 7 and 8 in a store in Berlin, Germany, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

About Two iOS developers have sued Apple and are seeking class-action status for their case, Apple has for years maintained a monopoly over the sale and distribution of iOS apps, and they’re sueing the tech giant in a US federal court in an attempt to break its “improper monopolization of this market.”

The lawsuit seeks class action status, so it could potentially represent anyone who’s ever sold an iOS app in the US.

Apple of course only allows iOS apps to be installed on iPhones and iPads from the Apple App Store and charges developers a commission for any sales.

The suit claims that Apple’s 30 percent cut is “overly expensive” and that its $99 annual developer fee has “cut unlawfully into” developers’ potential earnings.

The developers also complain that because the App Store is the only distribution point for iOS apps, apps get “buried” among the two million other apps, stifling competition and innovation.

“If Apple did not shut out all competition from access to iOS device owners, there would be more stores that could feature more apps, as well as stores that would specialize in certain kinds of apps,” the suit contends.
Law firm Hagens Berman filed the lawsuit on Tuesday at the US District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose.

The two plaintiffs are the developer of a basketball workout app and a baby-naming app.

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