The US competition regulator interferes in the dispute between Apple and Epic

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US competition regulator interferes in Apple-Epic dispute

Apple pulled Fortnite from the App Store in 2020.

US Department of Justice wants a say over Apple's dispute with Epic Games, which is due to be heard on appeal next month, a year after a California court ruled overwhelmingly in favor of the iPhone maker.

On Friday, the appeals court granted US authorities the right to send a representative to the hearing scheduled for October 21, where both sides must again present their arguments.


In September 2021, Judge Yvonne Rogers of Oakland, California, generally agreed with the technology giant against the plaintiff, the Epic Games studio, which accused Apple of monopoly and ;violations of various competition laws.

According to the developer of the very popular Fortnite game, Apple is abusing its dominant position by charging too high commissions, and imposing the App Store as a compulsory passage for consumers to download applications and pay for digital goods and services.

However, according to the judge, Apple does not hold a monopoly on the market for transactions in mobile games.

The court made several legal errors that could jeopardize the application of competition law, particularly in the digital economy, the ministry said in an expert note filed in January.


According to the government, the judge misinterpreted the law concerned, and, consequently, many agreements and practices could find themselves unprotected by this text if the judgment remained unchanged and set a precedent.< /p>

The department has been investigating for years potential anti-competitive practices by Apple and other big tech companies that have amassed considerable power in their industries.

Like Epic Games and Spotify, among others, many American elected officials criticize Apple for being judge and jury on the lucrative market for mobile applications on its devices.

Apple assures that #x27;Allowing apps to be downloaded outside of the App Store would pose security risks.

Kate Adams, Class Counsel, argues ; was congratulated a year ago on this huge victory for Apple, which in her opinion validated the economic model of the App Store. The court found that Apple was not a monopoly under either federal or state law, it insisted.

The Department of Justice has specified that it does not take a position on the merits of the arguments of each party.

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