US has a voice in epic battle with Apple – World
SAN FRANCISCO: The US Department of Justice wants a say in Apple’s antitrust fight with Epic Games, which is to be heard on appeal next month – a year after a California court ruled widely in favor of the iPhone maker.
On Friday, the appeals court granted the department the right to send a representative to the hearing scheduled for October 21, where the two parties are expected to plead their case again.
In 2021, a California judge ruled against Fortnite maker Epic, which accused Apple of acting as a monopoly in its store of digital goods or services.
But the judge also barred Apple from prohibiting developers from including “external links or other calls to action that direct customers to purchase mechanisms” in their apps.
Apple may still require its payment systems to be used for in-app transactions.
Both sides are appealing.
Earlier this year, the Justice Department asked for time at the appeal hearing to express concerns about the trial judge’s interpretation of the antitrust law at issue in the case.
“The District Court made several legal errors that could jeopardize the effectiveness of antitrust enforcement, particularly in the digital economy,” Justice Department attorneys argued in their brief.
Law enforcement officials have investigated whether Apple and other tech giants are abusing their influence in the market with anticompetitive practices.
Lawyers for Apple, Epic and the Department of Justice will all address the appeals court, which will also consider their written arguments.