Epic Games And Apple Agree To A Trial By Judge Instead Of Jury
Here’s the latest update in the ongoing Epic Games and Apple legal battle. During the preliminary hearing last Monday, presiding judge Judge Yvone Gonzales Rogers ruled that the case will be proceeding to trial by jury sometime in July 2021. Epic and Apple, however, have agreed that they would rather have the case tried by a judge rather than a jury and, according to MacRumors, have filed a motion for a bench trial instead.
“Epic and Apple have met and conferred, and the parties agree that Epic’s claims and Apple’s counterclaims should be tried by the Court, and not by a jury. Therefore, with Epic’s consent, Apple hereby withdraws its demand for a jury trial pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 38(d). The parties respectfully request that the case (including any claims and counterclaims) proceed to a bench trial on a schedule determined by the Court.”
A specific date for the trial has yet to be determined by the court but it could start sometime in July 2021. This could be the last time we hear about the case until July 2021 but there’s still the possibility that one or both of the companies will be able to pull some sort of legal trick before the trial actually starts next year.