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Apple-Epic case: iPhone-maker appealed for rule overturn, it was ‘so happy’

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Apple on Friday appealed a federal judge’s decision in its legal battle with Fortnite-maker Epic Games over control of the App Store. Apple is asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to overturn a 185-page ruling by US District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers.

The judge ordered Apple to loosen control over its App Store payment options, but said Epic failed to prove any antitrust violations.

Epic filed its appeal last month.

“We will fight” when Epic chief executive Tim Sweeney confirmed his plan to challenge the company’s decision.

Apple said in the days following the Gonzalez-Rogers decision that it was “very pleased” with the decision, but had left the door open to appeal.

The companies had opted for a so-called bench trial in which instead of a judge, a jury hears the evidence and decides on a verdict.

Epic launched the case aimed at breaking Apple’s hold on the App Store, accusing the iPhone maker of acting like a monopoly in its store for digital goods or services.

“To me, it’s a victory for Apple in that the judge clearly stated that they do not engage in monopolistic behavior,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said after the verdict.

“I don’t think it’s a problem for Apple from a revenue standpoint.”

The judge prohibited Apple from allowing developers to include in its apps “external links or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms.”

Apple may still mandate that its payment system is used for in-app transactions.


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