App Store monopoly lawsuit expands to 'Bitcoin Lottery,' others

in General Discussion edited September 2021
A lawsuit taking aim at App Store policies has been consolidated with similar complaints claiming that Apple suppresses or rejects certain free apps.

Credit: James Yarema/Unsplash
Credit: James Yarema/Unsplash

The consolidated complaint builds on a lawsuit filed in July by a pair of developers. Those developers included the maker of "Coronavirus Reporter," who had a long-running legal dispute with Apple.

Beyond the two original named plaintiffs, the amended complaint includes the app developers of "Bitcoin Lottery," "WebCaller," and "Caller-ID." All three developers claim that Apple has a monopoly on the App Store and that it uses its powers to suppress certain free apps in rankings and reject others.

"Bitcoin Lottery," for example, was an app that sought to distribute free cryptocurrency while educating users on the blockchain. Apple rejected the app, leading the developers to claim that Apple was restricting the "free, unrestricted commerce and information exchange on the internet."

Another new named plaintiff includes Dr. Jeffrey Isaacs, who created two separate apps: Caller-ID and WebCaller.

The plaintiff claims that the first app was "demoted" after Dr. Isaacs told Apple that he held a patent on web caller ID and that another app, Whitepages, was infringing on it. Additionally, Dr. Isaacs also claims that Apple took action against WebCaller -- a video conferencing app -- because it competed with FaceTime.

"The above Plaintiffs each endured conduct directed at them by Defendant Apple that caused loss of substantial years of their work," the complaint reads. "Their five apps were blocked or rank suppressed, causing them to lose valuable income."

The lawsuit seeks damages "estimated to approach $200 billion," with at least $14.2 billion going to the lead plaintiffs. It also seeks a permanent injunction barring Apple from denying developers access to the App Store user base.

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    The App Store is not the so-called free, open Internet
  • Reply 2 of 5
    we demand $200 billion but fortunately for you we're feeling generous today, we're willing to settle for $2 million!
    edited September 2021 watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 5
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,924member
    Nonsense. If they lose, the plaintiffs should be billed $200 billion. 

    Free speech doesn’t apply to Apple. They are not the gov nor do they hold a monopoly in the “App Store” market. 
  • Reply 4 of 5
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,073member
    If idiot protesters, judges and jury allow these freeloaders their ways don’t be surprised if we later see a “Wal-Mart monopoly” an “Amazon monopoly” and “Netflix  monopoly” and other “monopolies” we never even imagined just 5 years ago. 

    These cases should have been thrown out day one with a laughing track. The fact the law entertains these cases is scary. What next? Property monopolies?
  • Reply 5 of 5
    Apple MUST open up app installation from any source of the device owner's choosing.  It's not Apple's iPhone, it's MY iPhone.

    And if Apple won't do it willingly, then they will have to be forced.  Government needs to do its job here and end Apple's app store monopoly.
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