Apple is facing a lawsuit in London, according to which the company almost over-indebted 20 million consumers in the UK for shopping in its App Store. This new treatment is added to growing list of pipelines filed against the tech giant in different countries of the world.
Η commission 30% of Apple is "excessive" and "illegal", the plaintiffs said in a press release. The lawsuit, filed in High Court of London on May 10, demands from the American giant to compensate users iPhone and iPad in the United Kingdom due to alleged (long-term) over-indebtedness.
Rachael Kent, the plaintiff in the case and a professor at King's College London, argues: "Apple abuses its dominance in the app store market, which has an impact on UK consumers".
The lawsuit, which was characterized by Apple as "worthless", was filed after the US lawsuit over her allegations epic Games that the iPhone maker manages its market as a monopoly, deceiving developers and consumers. UK lawsuit focuses on alleged damage to customers rather than developers.
Earlier this year, Apple reduced its App Store supply to 15% from 30%, for developers earning up to $ 1 million a year from their apps, but also for those new to the store.
Legal challenges are coming as well Apple is facing the reaction of global regulators and some developers, who claim that its fees and other policies are "unfair and only serve it". Last month, the European Commission sends Statement of Objections to Apple, stating how it believes the company is abusing its dominant position in the distribution of music playback applications through the App Store. The Statement of Objections reflects the Commission 's preliminary finding that Apple had infringed European Union competition law.
Apple, on the other hand, said in a statement via email: "We believe this lawsuit is worthless and we are willing to discuss with the court our unwavering commitment to consumers and the many benefits that the App Store has provided to UK economic innovation."
Apple added that 84% of apps in the App Store are free and that developers pay nothing to the company. The vast majority of developers who pay a commission to Apple for selling a "digital good" or service are entitled to a 15% commission, the tech giant said.
The lawsuit alleges that Apple deliberately excluded potential competition and forced ordinary users to use its own payment processing system, which allowed the company to make illegal profits.
Plaintiffs say any iPhone or iPad user in the UK who has purchased paid apps, subscriptions or made other in-app purchases since October 2015 is entitled to compensation. They also appreciate that Apple could be asked to pay compensation in excess of 1,5 XNUMX million.