Supreme Court cases

Supreme Court lets App Store monopoly suit go forward

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Apple CEO Tim Cook takes a selfie this weekend. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group of iPhone users can move forward with their suit against Apple over allegations the company has built an illegal monopoly on the sale of applications for the smartphone.

Why it matters: The ruling opens up the possibility of exposure for digital marketplaces to monopoly concerns brought by the people who buy products on them.

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Gerrymandering activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gerrymandering activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Supreme Court, now with a solid conservative majority after last year's appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, has several cases on its docket this term that could have significant ramifications on American politics and social issues for generations to come.

The big picture: The high court — with 5 conservatives and 4 liberals — has largely kept a relatively low profile so far this term, which ends in June. But it could ultimately hand major wins to Republicans, who are emboldened by Kavanaugh's appointment and sharpening their focus while a slew of hot-button disputes work their way up from lower courts.