Judge orders Tim Cook, Craig Federighi to testify in Fortnite case
A US judge has ordered Apple CEO Tim Cook and software engineering VP Craig Federighi to testify in Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple. Apple will also assist with requested documents detailing how the App Store works, reports AppleInsider.
In August 2020, Epic’s game Fortnite was banned from the Apple App Store after the developer released a version that deliberately circumvented the store’s payment rules. Epic sued Apple – which promptly countersued – and now accuses the company of having a monopoly.
Apple said Cook would attend the trial but requested that his testimony be limited to four hours. The company also requested that Federighi be replaced by Eric Neuenshwander, who it argued was more appropriate as he is in charge of the App Store.
The judge has denied both requests and said that Cook’s time limit will only be decided after Epic has received the requested documents from Apple. According to the decision, Federighi also needs to attend if Epic sees him as more significant.
The trial is expected to begin in July 2021.
This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation by David Price.