Epic Games’ Fight Against Apple Backed By Thirty-Five U.S. States

Although Epic Games may have lost its lawsuit against Apple, a coalition of 35 U.S. state Attorney Generals and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have come forward to support Epic in its ongoing court battle with Apple over an antitrust suit filed last year.

“Apple’s conduct has harmed and is harming mobile app developers and millions of citizens,” the states wrote in their amicus brief. “Meanwhile, Apple continues to monopolize app distribution and in-app payment solutions for iPhones, stifle competition, and amass supracompetitive profits within the almost trillion-dollar-a-year smartphone industry. Apple must account for its conduct under a complete rule of reason analysis.”

Last November, a federal judge in the U.S. directed Apple to let developers add links to external payment options on the App Store by December 9th, denying the tech giant’s motion for a stay. Although Apple largely won that lawsuit, the U.S. District Judge, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, sided with the Fortnite publisher regarding restrictions on in-app purchases on the App Store.

In an opening appeal brief filed in late January, Epic argued that letting the November ruling stand “would upend established principles of antitrust law and… undermine sound antitrust policy.”

Microsoft said that a “broad ruling for Apple could leave little room for a limiting principle to prevent Apple from leveraging its control of iOS to foreclose competition in countless adjacent markets.”

(All information was provided by Business Standard)

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