BenG Pop-a-911-ster 36,146 Posted September 10, 2021 Share Posted September 10, 2021 (edited) Summary: Apple must allow external links within apps that direct customers to (other) purchasing mechanisms Apple is not an illegal monopoly in mobile gaming Epic must pay Apple 30% of the revenue collected via Epic Direct Payment Conclusion: This trial highlighted that “big tech” encompasses many markets, including as relevant here, the submarket for mobile gaming transactions. This lucrative, $100 billion, market has not been fully tapped and is ripe for economic exploitation. As a major player in the wider video gaming industry, Epic Games brought this lawsuit to challenge Apple’s control over access to a considerable portion of this submarket for mobile gaming transactions. Ultimately, Epic Games overreached. As a consequence, the trial record was not as fulsome with respect to antitrust conduct in the relevant market as it could have been. Thus, and in summary, the Court does not find that Apple is an antitrust monopolist in the submarket for mobile gaming transactions. However, it does find that Apple’s conduct in enforcing anti-steering restrictions is anticompetitive. A remedy to eliminate those provisions is appropriate. This measured remedy will increase competition, increase transparency, increase consumer choice and information while preserving Apple’s iOS ecosystem which has procompetitive justifications. Moreover, it does not require the Court to micromanage business operations which courts are not well-suited to do as the Supreme Court has appropriately recognized. A separate judgment shall issue based on the findings of fact and conclusions of law set forth above, the Court will enter a separate permanent injunction barring the noted restraints. For the reasons set forth herein, the Court finds in favor of Apple on all counts except with respect to violation of California’s Unfair Competition law (Count Ten) and only partially with respect to its claim for Declaratory Relief. The preliminary injunction previously ordered is terminated. Each party shall bear its own costs. No party shall file any post-trial motions based on previously-made arguments. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/21060628-epic-apple-injunction Edited September 10, 2021 by BenG 1 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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