has the news that the Apple v. Epic Games trial is set to begin on
May 3rd. They say the judge wants this to be an in-person trial, but it is
possible it will end up being virtual if the COVID situation warrants it. Word
is the judge is pushing for a two to three week trial, while Epic feels it
should run a couple of weeks longer than that:
Judge Gonzalez is planning
to hold an in-person trial that will require all witnesses to travel to Northern
California to answer questions before the court and the judge. She believes that
the case is significant enough that the court should hear it in person, with
witnesses in the case less likely to lie when sworn in in a physical courtroom.
Health considerations will be taken into account for witnesses that aren't able
to travel to California, but the court will look into people who say they can't
visit the court in person.
The judge said that the people involved and the companies involved have the
available resources to quarantine for two weeks after the trial. The court plans
to put measures in place to keep participants safe, including a limited number
of people in the courtroom. Witnesses will be positioned far from the attorneys
in the case, with distance between parties, and enough space will be given that
witnesses can speak clearly without masks.
Based on the COVID numbers in May, the in-person trial could be set aside, but
the case will go forward in May no matter what, even if it is held entirely over
Zoom. The judge is pushing for a two to three week trial, while Epic Games
wants it to last four to five weeks, with the exact length to be determined
later when all of the case details are ironed out.