State AG Bonta files brief on Epic Games v. Apple Lawsuit, pleads for fair competition – CBS San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed an amicus brief Thursday regarding the lawsuit filed against Apple by Epic Games, urging the Ninth Circuit to recognize the broad protections provided by Apple’s unfair competition law. the state.

Epic Games – the maker of the wildly popular Fortnite video game – had alleged in its lawsuit that Cupertino-based Apple ran an illegal monopoly that stifles competition.

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In a 185-page ruling issued last September, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ordered Apple to dismantle a lucrative part of the competitive barricade keeping its iPhone app store tightly run, but she dismissed allegations of Epic that Apple held a monopoly.

According to the statement, the court found that Apple’s anti-steering policy – which prohibits app developers from informing consumers about other potentially cheaper ways to pay for their apps – violates competition law. unfair. In Thursday’s brief, Attorney General Bonta explained the importance of antitrust enforcement and fair competition in California.

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“California’s Unfair Competition Act has protected countless Californians from illegal, unfair and fraudulent business practices,” Bonta said in the statement. “It is critical that the Ninth Circuit, regardless of the outcome of this particular dispute, correctly interpret the law. I urge the Ninth Circuit to closely examine the California Supreme Court’s decisions and the history of unfair competition law, and not impede California’s ability to effectively enforce this law on behalf of consumers.

In the brief, Attorney General Bonta argued that the unfair competition law was intended to address a broad range of unfair, illegal, or fraudulent business conduct and was not dependent on a concurrent violation of antitrust laws.

The brief also noted that the California Supreme Court expressly recognized that conduct may be unfair under unfair competition law without being illegal under another law.

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