Apple asks Supreme Court to strike down Epic Games antitrust ruling

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Apple asks Supreme Court to strike down Epic Games antitrust ruling

On Thursday, Apple asked the Supreme Court to strike down an order that required changes to Apple's App Store rules stemming from an antitrust case brought by Epic Games.

Since 2020, the gaming firm has been in a legal battle with Epic, alleging that Apple's practice of charging up to 30 percent commissions on in-app payments on iPhones and other devices violated U.S. antitrust laws. In 2021, Epic lost on those claims at trial, but a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Apple's practices of banning software developers from telling customers about alternative payment methods violated a California unfair competition law.

After the ruling, the trial court ruled that Apple must change those rules for all developers in its U.S. App Store. The Supreme Court ofAppeals upheld the orders, though they are still on hold until the Supreme Court either makes a decision or declines to hear the case.

Apple on Thursday argued the lower court's decisions violate the U.S. Constitution because they overstep the powers of a federal judge. Apple argued that the trial judge relied on a single developer's case - rather than a broader class of developers - to justify a nationwide ban, without proving that the nation's ban was necessary to remedy the harm caused to Epic.

'' authority and, unless corrected by this Court, would render universal injunctions the default remedy in single-plaintiff cases challenging a generally applicable policy,' said Apple in its filing with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Epic on Wednesday appealed lower court rulings in the Apple case. The Supreme Court will probably decide whether to hear the case late this year or early next year.