After prevailing in the anti-trust case against Epic Games, Apple has requested the Court to impose a $73.4 million charge on Epic Games for all litigation expenses. Apple asserts that it incurred substantial costs in defending itself against the baseless lawsuit, which accused the iPhone maker of implementing unlawfully restrictive policies in its Apple App Store. This legal battle has been ongoing since August 2020.
Throughout the various stages of the ongoing dispute, Apple has consistently emerged victorious on all fronts, except for a specific issue concerning Apple’s “anti-steering” rule. Swiftly addressing this concern, a recent corrective action was implemented on Tuesday.
Apple’s action recover its significant legal cost
However, in a recent development, Apple has decided to sue Epic to recover its significant legal costs. This massive $73,404,326 in financial demand is currently being made. This amount was carefully calculated by adding up all of the company’s legal expenses in the case, which were initially $82,971,401. With modifications, $81,560,362 was the ultimate sum.
Apple has asked a court to order Epic Games to pay Apple upwards of $73,000,000 in legal costs. pic.twitter.com/bTwwEfNXIZ
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In addition, 10% was subtracted to reflect the fact that Epic won on one of the ten allegations, the one involving Apple’s “anti-steering” regulation. This part of the lawsuit gives the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Epic an exciting new element.
What did Apple change after the legal battle?
Apple has decided to allow app developers who target American consumers to include buttons and links in their apps that take users to other websites where they may enter credit card details. This is a big policy shift because these kinds of things were previously forbidden.
In the past, in-app purchases and game coins were digital currencies that developers on the Apple platform had to bill through the same, and there was a 15%–30% fee for this service. Furthermore, developers were not allowed to notify users about the prospect of locating lower pricing on other websites.