Jurors to Hear Steve Jobs Testimony at Apple Trial
After virtually a decade in approved wrangling, a billion-dollar class-movement lawsuit over Apple’s iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal courtroom. A key witness will in all probability be none except for the company’s legendary late founder Steve Jobs, who will in all probability be heard in a videotaped deposition. Attorneys for buyers and electronics retailers declare Apple Inc. used software program program in its iTunes retailer that pressured would-be music shoppers to utilize iPods instead of cheaper music players made by rivals. The software program program isn’t used, nevertheless the plaintiffs argue that it inflated the prices of tens of tens of millions of iPods purchased between 2006 and 2009 — to the tune of $350 million. Beneath federal antitrust regulation, the tech huge is perhaps ordered to pay three occasions that amount if the jury agrees with the estimate and finds the damages resulted from anti-aggressive conduct. "The reality that this case continues to be going 10 years later is a sign that know-how sometimes outpaces regulation," said Mark Lemley, a Stanford regulation professor. Attorneys are set to make opening statements Tuesday morning inside the Oakland, California courtroom of U.S. District Determine Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers.
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— Associated Press