Apple Faces UK Class Action Over App Store Charges
By Adria Calatayud
Apple Inc. is being sued in the U.K. over the commission it
charges on purchases made on its App Store in a class-action
lawsuit that argues that consumers are entitled to
Legal firm Hausfeld & Co LLP, which is leading the
litigation, and class representative Rachael Kent, lecturer at
King's College London, said Tuesday that the claim is being filed
in the Competition Appeal Tribunal in London on behalf of around
19.6 million eligible U.K. iPhone and iPad users.
The case alleges that Apple forces ordinary users to use its own
payment-processing system and argues that consumers, not app
developers, are at the front of the line for compensation from the
company, the claimants said.
Apple didn't respond to a request for comment on the U.K.
The U.K. legal action comes amid a U.S. trial in which
"Fortnite" videogame maker Epic Games Inc. accused Apple of
violating U.S. antitrust law. Apple responded that its
app-marketplace policies are fair.
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May 11, 2021 02:23 ET (06:23 GMT)
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