What you need to know
- A judge has ruled in favor of Apple in its dispute with Epic Games over custodians in an upcoming antitrust lawsuit.
- Despite Epic's protest, a judge said Apple had justified its request and that Epic had not shown Apple had made the request deliberately late.
A judge has ruled that Apple can call upon three additional custodians from Epic Games, using their documents as evidence in its upcoming trial with Fortnite developer.
As we reported yesterday, parties submitted to a District Court in California that despite some back and forth they had been unable to agree on Apple's request to seek documents from three key witnesses at Epic:
In an order from the court, Magistrate Judge Thomas Hixson stated:
As noted, this means Apple can request documents from three further Epic Games employees including its former CFO Arjan Brussee and the project lead on Fortnite Mobile and Switch, Arjan Brussee.
Epic and Apple are also currently locking horns about a purported attempt from Apple to delay the trial. In a statement to the court, Epic said Apple "has long been attempting to manufacture delay to resist a schedule that it never wanted."
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Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9