Calif. AG Defends Unfair-Competition Law In Apple Appeal

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By Matthew Perlman (April 1, 2022, 8:51 PM EDT) — California’s attorney general has waded into the app store dispute between Epic Games and Apple, telling the Ninth Circuit the state’s unfair-competition law covers conduct not governed by the antitrust statutes, despite Apple’s claim to the contrary.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed an amicus brief Thursday supporting neither side in the private dispute but addressed issues raised by Apple’s cross-appeal in a case challenging the tech giant’s strict control over apps on its devices.

Epic is appealing the bulk of the lower court’s ruling that rejected its broader claims under state and federal antitrust law. At the same time, Apple is taking…

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