A California federal judge on Friday dismissed claims by a game developer that Apple exercises an illegal monopoly, but ruled that the company had violated state law with the contracts it imposes on developers. The case filed by Epic Games came as Democrats and Republicans in both chambers released bills aimed at increasing competition in the app market.
Klobuchar also coordinated with his House counterparts to develop bills accompanying the lower house antitrust package deployed earlier this summer.
Klobuchar said the ruling in the Epic case only further strengthens the need for federal legislation.
“The average American spends four hours a day on apps, and Google, of course, dominates non-Apple phones,” Klobuchar said at the tech summit.
“We need to do a number of things that [are] contained in our invoices, to stop the self-preference behavior, to ensure that they don’t randomly charge 30% to certain companies, like Spotify and Match.com, and that they don’t use their power monopoly to prevent companies from being able to let their customers know where they can find cheaper alternatives, ”she added.
The obstacles : Progress in antitrust law has slowed as lawmakers tackle other pressing priorities. The House Judiciary Committee moved forward with six bills targeting the tech giants in late June, but they have yet to get chamber time and have drawn attacks from some senior Republicans. Congress has yet to move forward with comprehensive privacy legislation.
Klobuchar blamed the tech industry for the delay in privacy bills, despite repeated claims by companies that they are committed to protecting user data.
“If you are prepared to do it yourself, then why are you opposed to its implementation? ” she asked.