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Docket Number17-204
Full NameApple Inc. v. Robert Pepper
Short NameApple, Inc. v. Pepper
PetitionerApple Inc.
RespondentRobert Pepper
Date Argued (Reargued)Nov. 26, 2018
Date Decided

Question Presented

Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, 431 U.S. 720 (1977) and its progeny hold that the damages remedy in antitrust disputes belongs only to the immediate victims of the anticompetitive conduct ("direct purchasers"), and not to downstream parties claiming "pass-through" damages ("indirect purchasers"). Electronic marketplaces such as Apple's App Store present a new wrinkle on this doctrine, because the marketplace sponsor (e.g., Apple) interacts with and delivers goods "directly" to consumers, but as an agent on behalf of third party sellers. The district court dismissed this action under Illinois Brick, holding that consumer plaintiffs alleging monopolization of distribution services Apple provides to app developers were necessarily seeking pass-through damages. The Ninth Circuit reversed, holding-in an acknowledged split with the Eighth Circuit-that consumers can sue whoever delivers goods to them, even if they seek pass-through damages. The question presented is: Whether consumers may sue for antitrust damages anyone who delivers goods to them, even where they seek damages based on prices set by third parties who would be the immediate victims of the alleged offense.

Case Events

28 2018-09-10Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
27 2018-08-17Brief amicus curiae of Verizon Communications Inc. in support of neither party filed.
26 2018-08-17Brief amicus curiae of BSA | The Software Alliance filed.
25 2018-08-17Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
24 2018-08-17Brief amicus curiae of ACT The App Association filed.
23 2018-08-17Brief amicus curiae of Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America filed.
22 2018-08-17Brief amicus curiae of Computer & Communications Industry Association filed.
21 2018-08-17Brief amicus curiae of Washington Legal Foundation filed.
20 2018-08-16Brief amicus curiae of R Street Institute filed.
19 2018-08-10Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs received.)
18 2018-08-10Brief of petitioner Apple Inc. filed.
17 2018-08-07Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, Robert Pepper, et al.
16 2018-07-03Motion to extend the time to file the briefs on the merits granted. The time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including August 10, 2018. The time to file respondents' brief on the merits is extended to and including September 24, 2018.
15 2018-06-25Motion for an extension of time to file the briefs on the merits filed.
14 2018-06-18Petition GRANTED.
13 2018-06-18Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by Washington Legal Foundation GRANTED.
12 2018-06-18Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by ACT The App Association GRANTED.
11 2018-06-11DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/14/2018.
10 2018-05-22DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/7/2018.
9 2018-05-08Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
8 2017-10-10The Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.
7 2017-09-20Reply of petitioner Apple Inc. filed. (Distributed)
6 2017-09-20DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/6/2017.
5 2017-09-15Objection to motions of the App Association and the Washington Legal Foundation to fie briefs in support of petitioner from respondents Robert Pepper, et al. filed.
4 2017-09-06Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by ACT The App Association.
3 2017-09-06Brief of respondents Robert Pepper, et al. in opposition filed.
2 2017-09-06Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by Washington Legal Foundation.
1 2017-08-02Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 6, 2017)

Case Counsels

NameParty NameDescriptionAddressPhoneType
Andrew John PincusBSA | The Software AllianceCounsel of RMayer Brown LLP1999 K Street, NWWashington, DC 20006apincus@mayerbrown.com202-263-3220other
Beth Susan BrinkmannComputer & Communications Industry AssociationCounsel of RecordCovington & Burling850 Tenth Street, NWWashington, DC 20001-4956bbrinkmann@cov.com202-662-5312other
Brian Eugene ScarpelliACT The App AssociationCounsel of RecordACT The App Association1401 K Street NW, Suite 501Washington, DC 20005bscarpelli@actionline.org517-507-1446other
Charles DuanR Street InstituteCounsel of RecordR Street Institute1212 New York Ave NW Suite 900Washington, DC 20005supremecourt.gov@cduan.com2028610020other
Cory L. AndrewsWashington Legal FoundationCounsel of RecWashington Legal Foundation2009 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.Washington, DC 20036candrews@wlf.org2025880302other
Daniel M. WallApple Inc.Counsel of RecordLatham & Watkins LLP505 Montgomery Street, Suite 2000San Francisco, CA 94111dan.wall@lw.com(415) 391-0600petitioner
David C. FrederickRobert Pepper, et al.Counsel of RecoKellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.1615 M Street, NW, Suite 400Washington, DC 20036-3209dfrederick@kellogghansen.com202-326-7900respondent
Noel J. FranciscoUnited StatesCounsel of RecordSolicitor GeneralUnited States Department of Justice950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20530-0001SupremeCtBriefs@USDOJ.gov202-514-2217other
Theodore J. Boutrous Jr.Chamber of Commerce of the United States of AmericaCounsel of RecGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP333 South Grand Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90071tboutrous@gibsondunn.com(213) 229-7804other
Thomas Ryan McCarthyVERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC.Counsel of RecordConsovoy McCarthy Park, PLLC3033 Wilson BoulevardSuite 700Arlington, VA 22201tom@consovoymccarthy.com7032439423other
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