Apple can’t dismiss Cydia’s amended antitrust lawsuit, judge says

Apple’s attempt to file an amended antitrust suit brought by the maker of Cydia, an app store for jailbroken iPhones, has failed (via Reuters† California District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers rejected Apple’s request to dismiss the case Thursday and gave the company 21 days to respond to Cydia’s re-filed complaint.

Cydia developer Jay Freeman (who also uses the username Saurik) filed a lawsuit against Apple for the first time in 2020. According to the complaint, Apple has “wrongly acquired and maintained monopoly power” in iOS app distribution and payments, ultimately “robbing” third parties. app stores of “the ability to compete with the App Store.” Cydia came into existence before the Apple App Store even existed, allowing users to find and download third-party apps for jailbroken devices. Freeman closed the Cydia store in 2018.

Judge Gonzalez Rogers – the same judge who issued a mixed ruling for the Epic vs. Apple lawsuit – the case dismissed in January, citing Freeman’s claims fell outside the four-year statute of limitations for antitrust lawsuits. Gonzalez Rogers gave Freeman the opportunity to amend the complaint, which he did.

The new complaint alleges that Apple made “more aggressive” changes to iOS from 2018 to 2021 that reportedly prevented Cydia and other alternative app stores from providing “usable” apps for iPhones. Apple again tried to shut down the re-filed complaint on the grounds that the charges fell outside the statute of limitations, but Gonzalez Rodger rejected the request for resignation. The edge contacted Apple with a request for comment, but didn’t hear back immediately.

In 2020, Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple over: Fortnite‘s removal from the App Store — Apple kicked out Fortnite for offering an alternate payment option, allowing Epic to bypass Apple’s up to 30 percent commission required for in-app purchases. Epic filed a similar lawsuit against Google around the same time appear in court in 2023† Earlier this month, Match Group, the company behind Tinder, OkCupid and Hinge, also filed a lawsuit against Google over its payment restrictions on the Play Store.

In addition to app developers, Apple has been the subject of investigation by government agencies. While the Netherlands issued a series of fines against the company for banning Dutch dating apps from using their own billing systems, South Korea passed a law requiring both Apple and Google to allow developers to use third-party payment processors. The US and EU are also working to curtail the power of big tech companies, with the EU set to enact the Digital Markets Act next year and the US making progress on the Open App Markets Act designed to reduce competition in mobile. to promote computer use.

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