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UK Legal Battle: Apple Faces $1bn Class Action Lawsuit

US tech giant Apple faces $1 billion lawsuit over high app prices

Apple is being targeted by a class action lawsuit seeking over $1 billion in damages from developers angry about the high price it charges to market apps to users of its products, organisers said Tuesday.

The lawsuit, launched by competition professor Sean Ennis at the University of East Anglia on behalf of 1,500 British app developers, accuses Apple of abusing its dominant market position by charging an excessive commission of 30 percent on apps and in-app purchases of digital content.

“Apple has a dominant position in the market for app distribution on iOS devices, since the App Store is the only available channel for distributing apps to iOS device users,” Ennis said.

The charges are unfair in their own right and constitute abusive pricing, according to the statement released by the university. The lawsuit seeks £785 million ($1.0 billion) in compensation for the British developers.

Apple has faced scrutiny in the United States and Europe over its App Store policies and the inability of app developers to sell directly to Apple customers.

Last December, Apple announced plans to give developers more freedom in fixing their prices on the App Store.

Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Source: AFP

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