Competition: Apple fails to have Cydia’s complaint quashed

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers rejected a request from Apple to quash the complaint of Jay Freeman (Saurik), the creator of Cydia (utility on jailbroken iPhones to install tweaks in particular). The latter had filed a complaint for the first time in 2020.

Cydia’s complaint against Apple is upheld

The complaint alleges that Apple “unjustly acquired and retained monopoly power” in the distribution and payment of iOS applications, thereby depriving third-party application stores of “the ability to compete with the App Store”. Cydia appeared before Apple’s App Store even existed and allowed users to find and download third-party apps for jailbroken devices.

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers dismissed the case in January, citing Jay Freeman’s claims outside the four-year statute of limitations for antitrust suits. She nevertheless gave the person who calls himself Saurik the possibility of modifying his complaint, which he did.

The new complaint states that from 2018 to 2021, Apple implemented changes “more aggressive” in iOS that blocked Cydia and other alternative app stores from providing apps “usable” for iPhones. Apple sought to end the suit on the basis that the allegations occurred outside the statute of limitations, but the judge denied the request to dismiss.

Apple now has three weeks to respond to this amended complaint. Incidentally, it should be noted that the arguments put forward by Jay Freeman are similar to those of Epic Games. The band has been sued by Apple. And the judge who handled that case was… Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers.

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