Apple Defends Win Against Epic At 9th Circ.

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By Bryan Koenig (March 24, 2022, 9:28 PM EDT) — Apple urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to preserve the parts of a district court order siding against Epic Games’ antitrust lawsuit while upending the California law finding against a prohibition on app developers steering consumers to alternative payment methods beyond the App Store.

In a 135-page opening brief, Apple argued that Epic could not get around the factual nature of U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’ September decision largely rejecting the video game company’s attack on rules forcing app developers to go through the App Store to distribute on iPhones and other iOS devices, which require payments only go through Apple’s…

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