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Epic Games, Apple agree in refusing jury trial, request court one instead

Published: 09:56, 30 September 2020
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We know it's not the agreement most have hoped for, but it's a start - Epic Games and Apple have agreed that they're not interested in protracting their legal battle into 2021 and onwards.

And that's pretty much what would've happened had their case ended up in the jury trial, which Justice Yvonne Gonzales Rogers anticipated wouldn't have started before July 2021. It doesn't take a legal expert to see this would easily spill into 2022 and likely onwards, something neither company is interested in. 

Their statement reads, "Epic and Apple have met and conferred, and the parties agree that Epic;'s claims and Apple's counterclaims should be tried by court, and not by a jury". 

The companies' joint statement comes in the wake of Gonzales Rogers' decision , where she suggested that the case is more than a single judge should handle. She said at the time that it will be a fascinating trial, and while not many would disagree, it looks like it won't be happening before a jury.

It's well worth noting that Apple actually requested a jury trial when they filed their countersuit against Epic Games. However, their meeting has resulted in both calling for a quicker resolution. 

"Therefore, with Epic's consent, Apple hereby withdraws its demand for a jury trial... The parties respectfully request that the case -- including any claims and counterclaims -- proceed to a bench trial on a schedule determined by the court", Apple stated.

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Regardless of the side you may be taking in the matter, it's pretty clear that the ruling has the potential to significantly affect the mobile gaming landscape. Whether it's for better or for worse, however, remains to be seen. 

Thanks, GamesIndustry

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