Tim Cook and Craig Federighi to Testify in Apple vs. Epic Battle

Apple CEO Tim Cook and software engineering chief Craig Federighi will be summoned to testify in the ongoing Apple vs. Epic legal battle, a judge said this week.

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The court filing, first shared by iMore, says that Apple had already agreed to make Cook a "document custodian." Apple wanted a condition that would limit Cook's deposition to four hours, but the court says that the condition is not appropriate as Epic will not be able to assess necessary deposition length until the full range of documents in the case are made available.

Apple wanted to have Erik Neuenschwander serve as a second document custodian instead of Craig Federighi, but the court has ruled that Federighi should be the one to testify in the dispute.

Apple also must provide extensive documentation and data related to an App Store study conducted by Analysis Group that compared App Store fees with fees from other platforms. Apple had not been planning to share those documents under an attorney work product privilege as Apple is also using Analysis Group as an expert consultant, but the judge said Apple has to provide the information to Epic.

Epic has complained that it is skeptical Apple has produced all relevant employee communications, as some emails included hyperlinks to cloud-based documents and Epic has to ask Apple to provide each of the linked documents. Epic wanted Apple to provide all hyperlink documentation, but the court sided with Apple on this point and said that Apple does not need to identify all hyperlinked documents because of the burden of the work. Apple does, however, have to provide hyperlinked documents for a "reasonable number of emails."

The Apple vs. Epic dispute will continue on with smaller matters such as document requests over the course of the next several months as the two companies prepare for their July 2021 hearing where they will battle it out in court.

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moabal Avatar
47 months ago
This will surely be an "epic battle".
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarlJ Avatar
47 months ago
[grabs popcorn]
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LegCortex Avatar
47 months ago
Epic’s frivolous lawsuit has big Trump energy.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shadyman Avatar
47 months ago
Even though Epic is complaining on a high level, the attacks on Apple did indeed turn out to be positive for smaller developers. They reduced their commissions to 15 %.

I highly doubt that without these, Apple would have dropped the commissions.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Onelifenofear Avatar
47 months ago
The point here is Microsoft and Sony have exactly the same closed ecosystem. Apple ( and sony etc ) can do exactly what they want as they created the hardware and platform.

As an old School developer - you’d be beaming if you made 30% profit! Let alone 70% that apple gives ( now 85%!! for smaller devs ) the costs of cd/dvd copying / marketing and retail cuts..

Analogy Alert: Apple opens a mall make it really successful and developers open up shops in said mall and make a load of money - paying apple for utility costs and rent in the mall. Epic comes along and demands to be allowed to open a market in the mall for free.

This is like someone demanding to make Tesla’s screen open source.

Forget Epic... off they pop and sell their $10 skins to kids and lets see them develop a phone and the infrastructure.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
47 months ago
This is going to be EPIC!

NOT!!

Epic games! Epic fail. Just give up and leave Apple alone. You can’t mess with the Big Dogs.

Based on the findings...

THIS CASE SHALL BE DISMISSED.

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