Australian Judge Denies Bid To Delay Apple vs Epic Suit

Apple vs Epic Games will go to trial in Australia next year after an Australian High Court refused Apple’s last-ditch attempt to stall the case, reported the AAP.

Tech giant Apple has lost a bid to prevent a case being heard in Australia that alleges it misused its market power over a popular online game.

The High Court in Canberra on Thursday refused Apple special leave to appeal against a Federal Court judgment that prevented the American multinational corporation from staying Epic Games’ litigation in Australian courts.

Related: Australia Moves Epic Games Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple Forward

A court in Sydney had previously granted Apple’s request to delay the case, stating it should be filed in the U.S. as stipulated by the contract between Apple and Epic. However, a court in July overturned that ruling, and a Federal court backed up the move.

Epic Games sued Apple in Australia last year, at the time stating that “Apple’s conduct in its App Store is a misuse of market power and substantially lessens competition in-app distribution and payment processes.” CEO Tim Sweeney said the matter “goes to the heart of whether consumers and creators can do business together directly on mobile platforms or are forced to use monopoly channels against wishes and interests.”

Meanwhile, in the US, Apple has renewed a bid to stop an injunction passed down by the court in the U.S. theatre of the legal battle, asking the Ninth Circuit to stay the injunction. Apple is asking a higher court to halt a judge’s decision that will force changes to its App Store while a legal fight with Epic Games continues, reported Bloomberg.

Lawyers for the company filed Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, seeking action by Dec. 8.

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