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Judge tosses class action crypto-payment antitrust case against Apple

Wednesday March 27, 2024. 06:05 PM , from Mac Daily News
A federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit accusing Apple of driving up fees at platforms such as Venmo and Cash App by prohibiting payment apps from implementing cryptocurrency transactions.
Mike Scarcella for Reuters:


In a ruling, opens new tab on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria called the proposed class action “speculative” and said it “suffers from several fatal problems.” He gave the plaintiffs 21 days to amend their complaint.
The November 2023 lawsuit alleged Apple was imposing restrictions on cryptocurrency technology in its popular App Store, harming competition for peer-to-peer payments and pushing up fees for cash and credit card transactions at PayPal’s Venmo and Block’s Cash App. It said Apple has excluded at least two Bitcoin wallet apps.
Cupertino, California-based Apple in February asked Chhabria to throw out the lawsuit, arguing that the plaintiffs failed to show any unlawful app rules or business agreements.

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MacDailyNews Take: We expect these esteemed legal scholars will be amending their complaint and coming back to take another crack at the Golden Apple.

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