Less than a month away from Apple vs. Epic test, Facebook gets involved. According to a letter filed with the court, Apple asked for some documents from Facebook, but Facebook does not want to give them.
Since Facebook’s VP of gaming Vivek Sharma is set to testify on behalf of Epic, Apple is asking for more than 17,000 documents related to Sharma that the company finds relevant to the case, to which Facebook responded as an “untimely, unfair and unjustified request to repeat the fact-finding . ”
As reported by MacRumors, Facebook already provided Apple with more than 1,600 documents, including 200 involving Sharma. Zuckerberg̵
If Apple felt that the production was not sufficient in any way, it had every opportunity to move within 7 days after the discovery was completed, as required by court rules. Apple chose not to, and made this move untimely. Instead of claiming surprise over Epic’s revelation of Sharma as a court witness – even though Epic’s complaint quoted him by name – Apple now requires Facebook to review and produce a huge number of additional documents.
It’s still unclear how Apple vs. The Epic case will go ahead, but last week the Fortnite manufacturer filed a British antitrust complaint against Apple, despite losing a lawsuit in the country about the same problem.
Aside from Sharma, Tim Cook, Craig Federighi and other Apple executives are ready to testify in the Epic Games case next month. In a statement shared with 9to5MacApple said “top executives look forward” to sharing the “positive impact the App Store has had on innovation.”
Our top executives look forward to sharing with the court the very positive impact the App Store has had on innovation, economies around the world and the customer experience over the past 12 years. We are confident that the case will prove that Epic purposefully broke its agreement only to increase revenue, and that is what resulted in them being removed from the App Store. In doing so, Epic circumvented the security features of the App Store in a way that would reduce competition and put consumers’ privacy and data security at enormous risk.
You can read the letter filled with the court by Apple here.
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