Apple seeks dismissal of $800 million COVID app lawsuit
What you need to know
- Apple has filed a motion to dismiss an $800 million COVID lawsuit.
- Coronavirus Reporter sued Apple after its app was rejected from the App Store.
- Apple said the lawsuit showed "a cavalier disregard for the law and facts."
Apple has filed a motion to dismiss an $800 million lawsuit filed by a company after its COVID-19 app was rejected from the App Store.
Apple told the court the case was " borne of a developer's dissatisfaction with Apple's lawful efforts … to ensure the App Store was a place where consumers could find trustworthy and reliable coronavirus-related apps" and that the claims "exhibit a cavalier disregard for the law and facts" bordering on frivolous.
Apple was sued in New Hampshire by Coronavirus Reporter, after the latter's app was rejected by Apple in March 2020. Apple's own policy decision was to only approve apps relating to the pandemic from "recognized institutions such as government, hospital, insurance company, NGO, or a university."
According to the report, Apple said the app lacked "deeply rooted medical credentials." The suit claimed Apple was exercising its monopoly and market power. From the report:
Apple is also seeking to have the suit moved to a California court based on a clause in its App Store developer agreement.
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I think that every attempt which brings more freedom in Apple ecosystem is welcomed. Apple today is not the same Apple, values are different. Apparently they can do everything to obtain gun licenses, cooperate with Vladimir etc. I have dozen of Apple devices and I am astonished that I have to buy software from guys like they are today. If it is not a monopoly please advise me how can I buy from someone else? Silence? It is 100% monopoly.
I think what is more frivolous is Apple's decision to reject apps on their store. It seems like their "policy" is a moving target. I don't think this should be dismissed. Their policies don't improve their store, they make it worse. But you can only go to one store on iOS.