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“Possession of monopoly power, in and of itself, is not unlawful.”

Judge Donato took his time with those last three words “is not unlawful” and looked directly at the jury the whole time as he did so.

We’re going over how the jury will decide whether Epic has proven a relevant antitrust market, and where, and if Google has monopoly power there, and whether it did anticompetitive things if so, and whether it was potentially justified if so, and so on. He’s looking up at the jury every so often, but most of his read is even and bland. Not those three words.

Google has argued since the start that it made normal business decisions to compete with Apple, and its expert witnesses suggested that Epic hasn’t presented a compelling case that it could or should have done otherwise.