May 11, 2021

Apple's UK users deserve app price compensation, claim says

Millions of Apple's UK customers should be compensated for breaches of competition law, a legal action claims. The case, filed with the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, alleges Apple's 30% commission on app sales is an abuse of dominance and unlawful. The charges are "An unlawful raid on Apple's customers' purses". King's College London digital-economy lecturer Dr Rachael Kent, who is taking the case to the tribunal and representing all those affected, said Apple "Charges entry and usage fees that are completely unjustified". Apple's estimates of its costs for running the App Store were "Just $100m" - but it had made $15bn last year.

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