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Apple vs. Epic: Fortnite Maker Resists Apple’s Attempt to Stop Antitrust Trial Order

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Fortnite maker Epic Games on Friday slammed Apple’s efforts to block orders placed in an antitrust trial in what they called a potentially lengthy appeals process.

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in September struck down some of the iPhone maker’s App Store rules, including payments other than Apple’s in-app payment system by developers to their users, in a partial victory for Epic and other app makers. There was a restriction on directing to alternatives.

Apple has until December 9 to comply with the injunction, but earlier this month the company said it would appeal the decision and asked Gonzalez Rogers to place its order as an appeals process, which It may take more than a year.

Epic argued in a court filing on Friday that Apple did not meet the legal standard for that stay, which requires Apple to show that if the order is later reversed on appeal, it would temporarily Failure to comply with the order will also cause irreparable damage to it.

Epic said that shortly after it received positive comments about Apple’s decision, and the delay in asking for a pause, it showed that implementing the orders would not hurt it.

Epic wrote, “Public interest is in favor of denial (Apple’s request); injunction is the only route to effective relief.” “History shows … that in the absence of an injunction, Apple will make no change.”

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A hearing on Apple’s request is set for November 9.

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