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The battle over the App Store could go to trial next summer, as Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers told the companies that they were "looking at a July trial date."
The companies faced off in a hearing this morning on the antitrust case and whether Fortnite will remain banned from Apple's App Store. While Gonzalez Rogers hasn't issued her judgment yet on the fate of the app, the parties did discuss when it could proceed to trial, and Gonzalez Rogers urged the parties to consider having a jury trial since appellate courts tend to favor jury decisions when they're appealed. "I know I'm just a stepping stone for all of you," she said.
Biz Carson ( @bizcarson) is a San Francisco-based reporter at Protocol, covering Silicon Valley with a focus on startups and venture capital. Previously, she reported for Forbes and was co-editor of Forbes Next Billion-Dollar Startups list. Before that, she worked for Business Insider, Gigaom, and Wired and started her career as a newspaper designer for Gannett.