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Apple Asks Judge to Dismiss Suit Alleging IPhone Monopoly

Apple Inc. urged a federal judge to dismiss a consumer lawsuit alleging the company maintains a monopoly over iPhone applications.

Attorneys who filed the suit in 2011 claim that a monopoly exists because an iPhone user who doesn’t want to pay what developers charge for applications available through Apple’s App Store can’t go anywhere else to buy them. Apple requires iPhone software developers to turn over 30 percent of what they charge for an application, increasing prices and excluding competitors from the iPhone “aftermarket” of applications, they claim.