The enduring if as yet unsuccessful class action suit against Apple for abusing is monopoly position may finally bear fruit as new plaintiff Barbara Bennett has been named, as reported by Top Tech News.
The lawsuit has been wilting because several key plaintiffs were thrown out by judges. The case against Apple is on the behalf of 8 million users who purchased iPods between 2006 and 2009, and were not able to use iTunes on any device but an iPod. According to claims, this allowed the company to charge exorbitant prices for its device.
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A 56 year old business consultant, Barbara Bennett, is the new plaintiff in the case, and she flew all the way from the East Coast to California to make claims against Apple. The tech behemoth could stand to lose $ 1 billion if the ruling is on the side of the plaintiffs.
Originally there were three plaintiffs in the case, but two withdrew, and the judge rejected Marianna Rosen’s testimony, because she didn’t actually own in iPod during that time. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has openly expressed impatience at the choice of plaintiffs, but perhaps Bennett will prevail this time.
Concerning the allegations, there was videotaped testimony from deceased Apple CEO Steve Jobs. AP, Bloomberg and CNN want his testimony shown, but lawyers for Apple argue that showing the video to the public would violate the restriction of testimony being shown outside of the courtroom.