Federal judge dismisses some claims by Apple in fight against Epic Games

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A federal judge in California has ignored a few of Apple’s counterclaims against Epic Games, Bloomberg News reported, narrowing the reach of a dispute that has seen that the online game maker’s “Fortnite” game removed from the iPhone maker’s App Store.

Apple and Epic have been in a legal battle as August, once the manufacturer of the popular sport established its very own in-app payment system to bypass what it predicted Apple’s monopolistic practices.

Epic in October had filed a motion in advance of Tuesday’s hearing, seeking the dismissal of Apple’s counterclaims of deliberate interference with prospective economic advantage and conversion, at which in Apple had asked for missing App Store prices and other financial damages.

Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday that US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers threw those out claims and restricted Apple’s allegations to its breach of contract counterclaims against Epic.

An estimate in October had ruled that Apple could bar Epic’s “Fortnite” game from its App Store but shouldn’t harm Epic’s developer software business, including the “Unreal Engine” applications, which is used by countless other video games.

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“You can’t just say it’s independently wrongful,” Bloomberg quoted the judge as saying to a lawyer for Apple, referring to Epic’s behaviour. “You actually have to have facts,” the judge said, adding that the remainder of the breach-of-contract case moves forward.

Apple and Epic didn’t respond to journalists at our partner news agency Reuters’ for comment. The iPhone maker told Bloomberg that it complies with the judge’s decision on Tuesday, adding that it was clear that Epic violated its contract with the business.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco.

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