Apple and the US have an epic battle

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A year after a Californian court decided mainly in favor of the iPhone maker, the US justice department wants to weigh in on Apple’s antitrust dispute with Epic Games, which is scheduled to be heard on appeal next month.

The appeals court allowed the department to send a representative to the hearing that is planned for October 21. Both sides are anticipated to present their arguments once more at this session.

A California judge rejected Epic, the company that created Fortnite, in 2021, after Epic claimed that Apple had monopolised the market for digital goods and services.

The judge, however, disallowed Apple from forbidding developers from incorporating “external links or other calls to action that steer clients to purchasing mechanisms” into their programs.

Apple can still insist that in-app purchases be made through its payment system.

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Both arguments are persuasive.

The justice department requested time at the appeal hearing earlier this year to voice its objections to the trial judge’s application of the relevant antitrust law.

Justice department lawyers said in their brief that the district court made multiple legal mistakes that could jeopardize successful antitrust enforcement, particularly in the digital economy.

Justice department authorities are looking into whether Apple and other computer companies are engaging in anti-competitive behavior to abuse their market power.

The appeals court will hear oral arguments from lawyers representing Apple, Epic, and the justice department in addition to reviewing their written submissions.

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