Epic’s assault was essentially the most direct problem to Apple’s energy in years, and 9 months later, the battle is heading to federal court docket in Oakland, Calif. On Monday, a trial is scheduled to open with testimony from Mr. Sweeney on why he believes Apple is a monopoly abusing its energy.
The trial, which is predicted to final about three weeks, carries main implications. If Epic wins, it would upend the economics of the $100 billion app market and create a path for tens of millions of corporations and builders to keep away from sending as much as 30 p.c of their app gross sales to Apple.
An Epic victory would additionally invigorate the antitrust battle in opposition to Apple. Federal and state regulators are scrutinizing Apple’s management over the App Retailer, and on Friday, the European Union charged Apple with violating antitrust legal guidelines over its app guidelines and charges. Apple faces two different federal lawsuits about its App Retailer charges — one from builders and one from iPhone house owners — which can be in search of class-action standing.
Beating Apple would additionally bode nicely for Epic’s upcoming trial in opposition to Google over the identical points on the app retailer for Android gadgets. That case is predicted to go to trial this 12 months and can be determined by the identical federal decide, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the Northern District of California.