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Supreme Court case: Can Apple users sue tech giant on behalf of app developers?




The Apple logo is seen through a fence in front of an Apple Store on July 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
The Apple logo is seen through a fence in front of an Apple Store on July 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
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The Supreme Court sounds open to allowing a lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps.

The court on Monday heard arguments in Apple's effort to shut down an antitrust lawsuit. Chief Justice John Roberts was alone among the nine justices in seeming ready to agree with Apple.

The suit by iPhone users could force Apple to cut the 30 percent commission it charges software developers whose apps are sold exclusively through Apple's App Store. A judge could triple the compensation to consumers under antitrust law if Apple ultimately loses the suit.

With files from the Associated Press 

Guests:

Charles Duan, senior fellow and director of tech & innovation policy at the R Street Institute, a free market think tank in DC

Sandeep Vaheesen, legal director, Open Markets Institute, an anti-monopoly advocacy group