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At its heart, the legal spat between Apple and 'Fortnite' maker Epic Games is about whether or not the iPhone is a computer

Epic Games Apple and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games are fighting in court over how the App Store works. Lawyers for the two companies presented their opening remarks on Monday, which laid out their cases. At the heart of the fight is a fundamental disagreement on whether or not the iPhone is a computer. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games just kicked off a legal battle that could have major implications for the future of the App Store...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Gaming, Video Games, Law, Trends, Epic, Tim Cook, App Store, Sundar Pichai, Epic Games, Moore, Forrest, Tim Sweeney


Apple and the maker of 'Fortnite' are facing off in an epic legal battle. Here's what the companies are fighting about and what to expect in the courtroom.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, right. Apple/Rachel Luna/Stringer "Fortnite" maker Epic Games is suing Apple, and the court proceedings start this week in California. Epic says Apple's App Store is a monopoly. Apple says Epic broke its developer contract. As a result of the legal spat, "Fortnite" was kicked off Apple's iPhone and iPad last year. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" are going to battle in...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Gaming, Facebook, Spotify, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, California, Trends, Smartphones, Epic, Tim Cook


Read the 2 a.m. declaration of war Apple CEO Tim Cook got from the billionaire CEO behind 'Fortnite' before the companies head to court this week

Apple CEO Tim Cook in Austin, Texas, on November 20, 2019. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images The upcoming legal battle between Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" was sparked by a 2 a.m. email. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sent a 2 a.m. email on August 13 to Apple CEO Tim Cook and other execs. "Epic will no longer adhere to Apple's payment processing restrictions," Sweeney said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games are going to court...
Tags: Apple, Google, Gaming, Cook, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, Trends, Epic, Tim Cook, Lawsuits, App Store, Epic Games, Apple App Store, Unreal Engine, Sweeney


'Fortnite' maker Epic Games is getting help from another deep-pocketed tech giant in its ongoing legal fight with Apple: Facebook is joining the fray

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right. AP; Francois Mori/AP Facebook is throwing its support behind "Fortnite" maker Epic Games in its ongoing legal spat with Apple, the company announced this week. "Facebook is committed to providing relevant information in the Epic Games litigation regarding how Apple's policies have adversely impacted Facebook and the people and businesses who use our services," Facebook said. On August 13, the wildly popular game "Fortnite" ...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Lawsuit, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, Trends, Ap, Epic, Tim Cook, Lawsuits, App Store


Morning Docket: 09.29.20

* Looks like Netflix will be picking up the upcoming Lincoln Lawyer series. Not too newsworthy, but very excited about this! [What's on Netflix] * A federal judge may soon rule if Apple's App Store runs afoul of antitrust rules. [Wall Street Journal] * A Georgia court is allowing a couple to sue a sperm bank for allegedly misrepresenting the background of a sperm donor. [ABC News] * A Massachusetts law firm is being sued for allegedly accepting money from a pharmacy in exchange for referrin...
Tags: Apple, Law, Climate Change, Massachusetts, Georgia, Netflix, App Store, Abc News, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Al Gore, Insurance Journal, Morning Docket, Lincoln Lawyer, President Trump


Thursday round-up

Adam Liptak reports for The New York Times that although “[a]bortion rights are at risk at the Supreme Court, … the short-term threat may not come from extreme laws like the one passed by Alabama lawmakers” this week: “The court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is more likely to chip away at the constitutional right to abortion established in 1973 in Roe v. Wade than to overturn it outright,” and “[i]t will have plenty of opportunities to do so.” Joan Biskupic writes at CNN that “in his ...
Tags: Apple, Florida, Justice, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Alabama, Cnn, Pepper, Atlantic, New York Times, Louisiana, App Store, Usa Today, Hyatt, Round-up


Wednesday round-up

Richard Re analyzes Monday’s opinion in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, in which the court overruled a 40-year-old precedent and held that a state cannot be sued in the courts of another state without its consent, for this blog. At The NCSL Blog, Lisa Soronen observes that Justice Clarence “Thomas spent a mere page explaining why a majority of the justices were rejecting stare decisis (let the decision stand) in this case.” Howard Wasserman writes at PrawfsBlawg that “[t]here is no t...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, Pepper, Atlantic, United States, Liberty, New York Times, Louisiana, App Store, District Of Columbia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hyatt, Round-up, Roe, Kavanaugh


Tuesday round-up

Yesterday the Supreme Court issued decisions in three cases. In Apple v. Pepper, a divided court held that a lawsuit against Apple by iPhone users who allege that Apple is violating federal antitrust laws by requiring them to buy apps only from the company’s App Store can go forward. Amy Howe has this blog’s opinion analysis, which first appeared at Howe on the Court. Subscript Law has a graphic explainer for the opinion. At The Daily Caller, Kevin Daley reports that “Justice Brett Kavanaugh del...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, Oregon, America, Pepper, United States, New York Times, Fca, Ohio, Silicon Valley, Npr, Nevada, App Store, Los Angeles Times, Hall


Supreme Court greenlights Apple customers' lawsuit over App Store price-fixing

The Supreme Court has ruled on a key question in Apple Inc v Pepper, a class action suit arguing that the App Store violated antitrust law by driving up prices through the monopolistic tactic of prohibiting users from buying apps from third parties, and then taking a 30% commission on every app sold, which led software companies to raise prices in order to remain profitable after Apple had taken its cut. Apple had asked the Supreme Court to prevent the case from moving forward on the ground...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Post, News, Supreme Court, Etsy, Law, Scotus, Ebay, Antitrust, App Store, 1201, Apple Inc, Illinois Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh


Apple ad focuses on iPhone’s most marketable feature — privacy

Apple is airing a new ad spot focused on privacy today in primetime. The spot is visually cued, with no dialog and a simple tagline: Privacy. That’s iPhone. In a series of humorous vignettes, the message is driven home that sometimes you just want a little privacy. The spot has only one line of text otherwise, and it’s in keeping with Apple’s messaging on privacy over the long and short term. “If privacy matters in your life, it should matter to the phone your life is on.” The spot will air t...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Human Rights, Privacy, Identity Management, Law, US, Tech, Ceo, United States, Digital Media, Tim Cook, Computing


Apple v. Pepper: Can Consumers Sue Apple for an Anticompetitive App Store Market

by Dennis Crouch Apple Inc v. Pepper (Supreme Court 2018) On November 26, 2018, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in an interesting consumer antitrust class action lawsuit involving Apple’s “App Store.”  The only typical* way to install new apps on an Apple iPhone is via the App Store and the complaint in this case alleges that the single-market setup results in inflated prices.  Apple’s first response in this case is that it is simply providing the market and that App prices are being ...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, Circuit, App Store, Illinois, Patent, Apple Inc, 9th Circuit, Dennis Crouch, Illinois Brick Co, Illinois Brick, Pepper Supreme Court


Argument preview: Justices to consider whether antitrust lawsuit by iPhone users can go forward

When the justices return from their Thanksgiving vacation next week, they will hear oral argument in a would-be class action filed against the technology giant Apple by iPhone users. The iPhone users argue that Apple is violating federal antitrust laws by requiring them to buy apps only from Apple’s App Store, at inflated prices. But Apple counters that under the Supreme Court’s cases the iPhone users don’t have a case at all, because Apple is simply selling the apps to iPhone users at the pri...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, California, Court, App Store, Illinois, 9th Circuit, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, App Store Apple, Merits Cases, Illinois Brick Co, Illinois Brick



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