Tech News: Epic antitrust case in Australia against Apple gets three-month stay.
An Australian judge ruled that the lawsuit against Epic Apple in Australia it will be temporarily suspended as both sides prepare for the trial in the United States, Gizmodo Australia reported. Apple had asked for a permanent suspension of the case in Australia, arguing that the US and Australian cases are very similar and that the case should be resolved in the original US jurisdiction.
The two companies are fighting for Epic Fortnite’s battle royale game and commissions Apple charges. In August, Epic set up its own in-game payment system, effectively bypassing Apple’s App Store payments and evading the 30 percent surcharge. Apple collects on App Store purchases. Apple later removed Fortnite from its iOS App Store for violating its rules. Epic responded with an antitrust lawsuit to tag Apple’s App Store is a monopoly and tried to harass Fortnite fans with a mocking protest video Apple’s iconic “1984” advertisement.
In November, Epic filed a similar lawsuit against Apple in Australia, claiming that the iPhone the manufacturer’s conduct was “inconceivable and in violation of the Australian Consumer Act and various sections of the Competition and Consumer Act [of] 2010. “Epic also made similar allegations against Google and its mobile app store.
Australian judge Nye Perram on Friday ordered the case in that country to remain provisionally for three months. He also said that the case in Australia will remain suspended if Epic pursues his case in the United States, but it could take the case back to Australian courts depending on the outcome in the United States.