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Supreme Court seeks DOJ help in Apple antitrust case

The U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to advise the U.S. Supreme Court on whether it should hear Apple Inc.'s appeal in an antitrust case, Reuters reported Oct. 10.

The proposed class-action lawsuit accused Apple of inflating consumer prices by charging illegally high commissions on iPhone software sales through its App Store. The Supreme Court had sought the DOJ's help in the matter.

Apple argued that the case should be dismissed since only app developers should be allowed to file such a suit since they have to pay commissions and not consumers. Apple requires the developers to pay a 30% commission on App Store consumer purchases.

In January, U.S. Judge William Fletcher of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the plaintiff's complaint against the tech giant have a standing after being earlier dismissed by a lower court. The tech company has contended that it did not sell the apps and only served as a platform for the apps.

Apple is facing a similar suit in China.