Court throws out lawsuit claiming Apple stifles App Store competition

What you need to know

  • A lawsuit alleging the App Store and Sign in with Apple stifle competition has been thrown out.
  • Apple says Blix, the developer of BlueMail, is a "frequent complainer to press and regulators," in a new statement.

BlueMail developer Blix suffers another black eye.

After having one lawsuit against Apple tossed last year, BlueMail developer Blix has suffered another black eye after a federal judge in Delaware granted Apple's motion to dismiss its claims a second time.

Blix, a founding member of the Coalition for App fairness, had claimed that the App Store and Sign in with Apple authentication system were harming competition. A judge disagreed, saying that Apple doesn't prevent other single sign-on systems from being used. In fact, the judge went further and said that what Apple does is "the opposite of unlawfully constraining competition, so, again, Blix has failed to state a claim."

Apple is understandably happy with the outcome, giving a statement to 9to5Mac that is right out of the Steve Jobs playbook of dealing with unruly developers.

Blix, a member of the Coalition for App Fairness and frequent complainer to press and regulators, alleged false conspiracy theories and anti-competitive claims against Apple. The court correctly rejected these claims and threw out Blix's case. This case demonstrates that Apple has consistently acted legally by introducing its own innovative products and features that promote competition.

This one win for Apple doesn't change the fact the company is facing significant legal pressure around the globe. Governments and lawmakers are concerned about the way Apple does business in the App Store, and that's the kind of scrutiny that isn't going to go away any time soon.

Apple will be hoping that none of this can detract from the upcoming iPhone 13 announcement, a release that will surely bring us the best iPhone yet.

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