Apple is facing a lawsuit over high transfer fees between mobile wallets. Venmo and Cash App customers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of abusing its market power to limit competition and causing consumers to pay “rapidly inflating prices”. The lawsuit, filed in a California federal court, alleges that Apple violated U.S. antitrust law by agreements with PayPal’s Venmo and Block’s Cash App.
The lawsuit also claims that Apple’s blocking of certain cryptocurrency wallets from the App Store has stifled competition, allowing transfer fees between digital wallets on iPhone to increase without options for consumers. The lawsuit aims to require Apple to allow crypto wallets that it has previously disallowed and seeks injunctive relief requiring Apple to segregate or divest its Apple Cash business to prevent further harm to consumers.
This lawsuit has attracted attention because of the potential impact on mobile peer-to-peer payments and the cryptocurrency market. As the case unfolds, it could have far-reaching implications for how mobile wallet providers operate and how consumers are affected by high transfer fees.
For Apple, this lawsuit presents a challenge to its dominance in the mobile wallet market and its control over the App Store’s offerings. With increasing scrutiny on big tech companies, this case could be a significant test of Apple’s business practices and the regulatory environment regarding mobile payments and cryptocurrency.
It remains to be seen how Apple will respond to these allegations and what impact this lawsuit will have on the future of mobile wallet services and cryptocurrency offerings within the App Store. As the case progresses, it will be important to monitor how the court’s decision could shape the landscape of mobile payments and digital currencies.