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Apple App Store Policies Upheld by Court in Antitrust Challenge Brought by Epic Games

  • Epic loses challenge to 2021 ruling favoring IPhone maker
  • Panel affirms judge’s finding that App Store isn’t a monopoly
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Apple Inc. won an appeals court ruling upholding its App Store’s policies in an antitrust challenge brought by Epic Games Inc. 

Monday’s ruling by the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower-court judge’s 2021 decision largely rejecting claims by Epic, the maker of Fortnite, that Apple’s online marketplace policies violated federal law because they ban third-party app marketplaces on its operating system. The appeals panel upheld the judge’s ruling in Epic’s favor on California state law claims.