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Apple Gets U.S. Supreme Court Review on iPhone App Fee Suit

An employee holds an iPhone X smartphone while assisting a customer during the sales launch at a store in New York, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.
Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Apple Inc.’s bid to kill an antitrust lawsuit over the market for iPhone apps in a case that could shield e-commerce companies from consumer claims over high commissions.

The lawsuit accuses Apple of monopolizing the app market so it can charge excessive commissions of 30 percent. Apple, backed by the Trump administration, says it can’t be sued because the commission is levied on the app developers, not the purchasers who are suing.