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
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.