Courthouse News reports
that U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez
Rogers has thrown out two of the counterclaims Apple filed in their legal battle
against Epic Games over Epic's claim that Apple's 30% commission on App Store
purchases is monopolistic (thanks Ant
). The decision says Apple has "no basis"
for demanding punitive damages and clears Epic of "intentional interference with
prospective economic advantage and conversion." They provide
a copy of the court's decision
and kindly spare us from the legalese by
providing a summary in English. Here's a bit:
On Tuesday, Gonzalez Rogers
told Apple’s attorney Anna Casey the tech giant “is on the losing side of this.”
“I don’t believe you have a tort action here. I said it before and I’m saying it
today,” Gonzalez Rogers said.
As for Apple’s intentional interference claim, Gonzalez Rogers told Casey, “You
can’t just say it — you actually have to have facts that support it, and you
The judge also said Apple failed to show ownership or right to possession as
required for a conversion claim.