U.S. judge skeptical of Apple’s request for pause of ‘Fortnite’ antitrust orders

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Nov 9 (Businesshala) – A US judge on Tuesday questioned whether Apple Inc (AAPL.O) needed a potentially years-long pause on orders issued in an antitrust case brought by “Fortnite” maker Epic Games .

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Epic earlier this year tested it on Apple’s practice of forcing developers to use its in-app payment system and paying commissions to the iPhone maker. In September, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued a ruling that was mostly favorable to Apple.

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But she expressed concern that Apple was keeping consumers in the dark about alternative payment methods and ordered Apple to lift restrictions on in-app links, buttons and messages to users about other ways to pay. Apple has until December 9 to implement the orders.

Apple appealed the judge’s decision, asking it to halt its orders when the appeals process is over.

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In a hearing Tuesday, Apple attorney Mark Perry of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher argued that the company needs more time to write a new policy for developers.

“It’s extremely complex. There should be guard rails and guidelines to protect Apple, to protect consumers, to protect children, to protect developers. They should be written in guidelines that can be explained and enforced.” and can be implemented.”

Gonzalez Rogers suspected that Apple required a stay of proceedings or a pause in order for the full length of the appeal.

“You didn’t ask for a few months. You didn’t ask for six months. You didn’t ask for a limited amount of time. You asked for a stay across the board, which could take three, four or five years,” she said.

Gonzalez Rogers did not rule on Apple’s request during Tuesday’s hearing, but said it intends to do so “very quickly” as of writing.

Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Richard Chang. editing by

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