In February, developer Kosta Eleftheriou began reporting on blatantly fraudulent apps on the App Store, which year after year have been able to withdraw large sums of money by tricking users into paying for expensive subscriptions. Apple removed some of the apps he pointed out, but left other apps from the same developer in the store.
Now Kosta Eleftheriou, through the company KPAW LLC, has sued Apple for competition violations, reports The Verge. The lawsuit has been filed in the Supreme Court of Santa Clara, a local court in California. In it, Kosta Eleftheriou accuses Apple of false marketing, breach of contract and fraud.
The accusations concern several things:
- Apple is alleged to have tried to buy his app Flicktype and when he did not want to sell, Apple took revenge by preventing him from publishing the app on the App Store.
- The technology in Flicktype was part of a long list of other third-party apps that could be published without hindrance, which Kosta Eleftheriou claims shows that the rejection of Flicktype was artificial and a breach of competition.
- Apple has not kept its promises to keep the App Store free of fraud and counterfeiting. According to Kosta Eleftheriou, apps that are pure pirated copies of Flicktype, among others, may continue to sell in the store and bring in money for Apple.