App maker seeks $200B from Apple in App Store class action lawsuit

A proposed class action lawsuit targeting Apple’s App Store and filed by an “edutainment” app maker was assigned a judge in California on Thursday, potentially setting the stage for another app marketplace showdown.

App StorePrimary Productions, a Maine company that sought to inform users about blockchain wallets through an app, first filed charges in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine in May, claiming Apple hurts developers by applying monopolistic practices to its management of the App Store.Calling the tech giant a “stealth monopolist,” the complaint, and an amended version submitted in August, takes issue with Apple’s developer fees, commissions, bundling of first-party apps, acquisition of third-party apps, “blacklisting,” so-called “sherlocking,” search suppression, app rejections and more.

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