U.S. judge urges Apple, Epic Games to put antitrust claims before jury By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The popular video game “Fortnite” by Epic Games is pictured on a screen

(Reuters) – A federal judge in California on Monday urged Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) and “Fortnite” creator Epic Games to take their antitrust dispute before a jury, saying the higher courts would be less likely to overturn the result.

“I know I’m just a stepping stone for all of you,” District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers (NYSE:) said during a virtual hearing from Oakland, California.

Epic Games sued Apple in August, alleging the iPhone maker’s 30% commission on purchases made through Apple’s App Store was anticompetitive. The judge’s comments came during a hearing to decide whether to keep in place an emergency order saying Apple could remove “Fortnite” from the App Store but could not harm Epic’s developer tool business.

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