Apple's UK users deserve app price compensation

Sun Online Desk

11th May, 2021 02:17:03 PM printer

Apple's UK users deserve app price compensation

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 (CAT), alleges Apple's 30% commission on app sales is an abuse of dominance and unlawful.

Organisers are aiming to include nearly 20 million UK users in the collective action, if it is approved.

Those behind the claim say they intend to seek damages of up to £1.5bn. Apple said the legal action was "meritless".

It alleges:

Apple deliberately shuts out potential competition

it requires ordinary users to use Apple's own payment-processing system

doing so generates "unlawfully excessive levels of profit"

the charges are "an unlawful raid on Apple's customers' purses"