Judge says Apple can’t dismiss Cydia’s amended antitrust lawsuit
Apple’s attempt to dismiss an amended antitrust lawsuit by the creator of Cydia, an app store for jailbroken iPhones (via Reuters). California District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers denied Apple’s request to dismiss the case Thursday, giving the company 21 days to respond to Cydia’s resubmitted complaint.
Cydia developer Jay Freeman (also used by the username Saurik) filed a lawsuit against Apple in 2020. The complaint alleges that Apple “unlawfully acquired and maintained monopoly power” in iOS app distribution and payments, which ultimately resulted in ” Deny “third-party app stores” the ability to compete with the App Store. Cydia appeared before the Apple App Store existed, and it allowed 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 delivered a mixed ruling in the Epic vs. Apple – dismissed the case in January, citing that Freeman’s claims were outside the four-year statute of limitations for antitrust cases. Gonzalez Rogers still gave Freeman the opportunity to amend the complaint, which he did.
The new complaint says that from 2018 to 2021, Apple implemented “more aggressive” changes in iOS that allegedly prevented Cydia and other alternative app stores from providing “usable” apps for iPhones. Apple again sought to close the re-referred complaint on the grounds that the allegations occurred outside the statute of limitations, but Gonzalez Rodger denied the dismissal request. the edge I contacted Apple to request comment but there was no immediate response.
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