Epic Antitrust Judge Doubts Apple Expert's AmEx Comparison

By Dorothy Atkins (May 12, 2021, 10:04 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge presiding over Epic's high-stakes antitrust trial appeared skeptical Wednesday of a professor's testimony that Apple's anti-steering provisions are akin to restrictions upheld by the high court in Ohio v. American Express, noting that brick-and-mortar stores advertise various payment methods, while the virtual App Store does not.

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers' comments came during the examination of Apple Inc.'s expert witness, Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor Richard L. Schmalensee, in the second week of the California federal bench trial over Apple's app payment-processing restrictions and its 30% commission on in-app purchases made on its iOS...

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