Apple said on Monday it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its challenge to a judge’s order in an antitrust case brought by “Fortnite” maker Epic Games that could force the iPhone maker to change payment practices in its App Store.
Apple said in a court filing it will ask the justices to take up its appeal of a ruling on Friday by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that kept in place most of the order issued in 2021 by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers.
The judge’s order said Apple could not prohibit developers from providing links and buttons to payment options in their apps that take consumers outside of the App Store – a step that could reduce sales commissions paid to Apple.
Epic sued Apple in 2020, challenging the fee Apple imposes on in-app payments. Epic was seeking an injunction to stop Apple’s practice, not monetary damages. Rogers ruled against most of Epic’s claims, though did issue the order that Apple is contesting.
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