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Judge approves Apple's $100M developer lawsuit settlement, questions 30% lawyers fees

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App Store on iPhone (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple has agreed to pay developers $100M to settle an antitrust lawsuit.
  • Apple was sued by developers in a 2019 class-action lawsuit claiming Apple had an abusive monopoly over iOS App Distribution including a very high 30% commission rate.
  • A judge has said she wants to see more numbers behind a $27 million attorney fee included in the settlement.

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers says she wants to see more math behind the calculation of a $27 million developer fee included in the $100 million App Store lawsuit settlement fee agreed by Apple and developers.

As Law360 reports, Judge Gonzalez Rogers has already approved at $100 million settlement fee proposed by Apple to settle the lawsuit but wants to see more information about the numbers behind a $27 million attorney fee request, including how much that figure will reduce developers' payouts by.

The deadline for developers to apply for a payout has now passed, with eligible class members (estimated to be 67,000) expected to receive the following:

  • 51% will get a minimum payment of $250
  • 23% will get a minimum payment of $500
  • 11% will get a minimum payment of $1,000
  • 4% will get a minimum payment of $1,500
  • 6% will get a minimum payment of $2,000
  • 2% will get a minimum payment of $3,500
  • 2% will get a minimum payment of $ 5,000
  • 1% will get a minimum payment of $10,000
  • 1% will get a minimum payment of $20,000
  • 1% will get a minimum payment of $30,000

The Epic Games-backed Coalition for App Fairness has branded the settlement as a "sham", stating the settlement "does nothing to address the structural, foundational problems facing all developers, large and small, undermining innovation and competition in the app ecosystem." Only a few small actual policy changes were made as part of the settlement, which clarifies that developers can share purchase options with users outside of their iOS app, along with an expansion to price points, and a new fund to assist US developers.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

2 Comments
  • This is the problem with Class Action lawsuits. The only ones that get a significant payout are the law firms.
  • Only 30%? They aren't asking what most lawyers ask from settlements.