Apple asks judge to pause Epic Games antitrust orders as it appeals ruling

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October 8 (Businesshala) – Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) on Friday asked a US federal judge to stay orders that may require it to change some of its App Store practices, saying it was an antitrust The matter is also appealing. Brought to you by “Fortnite” creator Epic Games, according to court filings.

US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled largely in Apple’s favor in September after a week-long trial. But that required a major concession: Starting December 9, Apple can no longer prohibit app developers from including buttons or links in their apps that direct users to pay in addition to Apple’s in-app payment system. which takes commission from the developers.

In his entire 180-page ruling, Gonzalez Rogers expressed concern that developers were being prevented from communicating with iPhone users about alternative prices.

Apple said in Friday’s filing that complying with the order could harm it and consumers. It said it expects to win an appeal challenging the order and wants the legal process, which could go on for about a year, to go first.

Epic is separately appealing the judge’s finding that Apple did not violate antitrust law through its payments rules.

“Staying requested will enable Apple to protect consumers and protect its platform while the company is working through complex and rapidly evolving legal, technical, economic issues,” said Friday’s filing.

Apple has agreed in recent months to loosen other rules about communications between developers and users, with developers suing the company and Japan’s antitrust regulator.

The company said it has begun discussions on solutions that satisfy Gonzalez Rogers’ request for consumers and a desire to keep them safe from scams and continue to collect commissions.

Apple is seeking a hearing with Gonzalez Rogers in early November on its stay request. Epic’s initial arguments for its appeal are due on December 12.

Apple has said it will keep “Fortnite” off the App Store until all appeals are exhausted.

Reporting by Stephen Nellis and Paresh Dave, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien


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