Led by the state of Utah and joined by numerous others including Colorado, Indiana, and Texas, the states said "Apple's conduct has harmed and is harming mobile app-developers and millions of citizens."
"Meanwhile, Apple continues to monopolize app distribution and in-app payment solutions for iPhones, stifle competition, and amass supracompetitive profits within the almost trillion-dollar-a-year smartphone industry."
The states argued that the lower court failed by not adequately balancing the pros and cons of Apple's rules and by deciding an antitrust law didn't apply to non-negotiable contracts.
"Paradoxically, firms with enough market power to unilaterally impose contracts would be protected from antitrust scrutiny — precisely the firms whose activities give the most cause for antitrust concern."
Epic has filed its appeal in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Apple is expected to respond by March.