Epic Appealing Court Decision; Apple May Too

The premise that the recent ruling in the Epic v. Apple antitrust lawsuit was not the win for Epic that was widely reported is supported by a story on The Seattle Times. This states Epic is appealing the decision and that Apple is considering an appeal as well. In a court filing Sunday, Epic said it is taking the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to appeal the final judgment "and all orders leading to or producing that judgment." Here's the description of the two sides of Friday's ruling from U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers:
While parts of her decision raised questions about whether Apple’s fees were driving up prices for consumers, Gonzalez Rogers left the fee structure intact and upheld the company’s right to block other stores from offering apps for its iPhone. She sided with Apple on every other key point of the case.

But the judge did conclude Apple has been engaging in unfair competition under California law, prompting her to order the company to allow developers throughout the U.S. to insert links to other payment options besides its own within iPhone apps. That change would make it easier for app developers to avoid paying Apple’s commissions, potentially affecting billions of dollars in revenue annually.

Apple did its best to frame the decision as a complete victory, even as it acknowledged it may appeal the portion of the ruling that will make it easier for app developers sidestep Apple’s commissions.