G. McConway
August 10, 2023

Supreme Court Hands Apple Big Win… for Now

Epic Games is going to have to wait a bit longer to see if the lower court rulings that it won will hold up.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that an injunction against Apple will be put on hold, reported Reuters.

This is a setback for Epic Games, who believes the ruling by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was "lenient," reported Yahoo.

Temporary Win for Apple

Reuters reported, "Liberal Justice Elena Kagan, acting for the Supreme Court, denied Epic's request to lift a decision by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that effectively delayed implementing an injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers barring certain App Store rules, while Apple pursues a Supreme Court appeal."

In April, the appeals court upheld the initial injunction, but that was put on hold in July.

Since the case fell in California, it falls under Kagan's purview.

While Judge Rogers ruled against the antitrust claims that Epic Games had filed against Apple, she did state Apple had violated state competition laws because Apple would not allow third-party apps for payment that would save Epic Games considerable money.

You see, Apple gets as much as a 30 percent commission on sales it processes, cutting fairly deep into developers' pockets.

Had the injunction remained in place, it would have created quite a costly problem for Apple.

The company explained, "Apple will be required to change its business model to comply with the injunction before judicial review has been completed.

"The undisputed evidence establishes that the injunction will limit Apple's ability to protect users from fraud, scams, malware, spyware, and objectionable content."

Apple fails to say that it would dramatically cut back on the profits these pigs make off developers and users.

Now, Epic Games will just have to go into a holding pattern until the case goes before the Supreme Court.

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