A group of jury ends the decade long legal battle of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) practicing Antitrust practices. Apple was accused this charge by customer who had bought IPods during the period of 2006 to 2009. The plaintiffs claimed damages amounting to $350 million dollar which might have increased to $1Billion, as a compensation for blocking its competitor’s products on its devices.
The charges were raised when Itunes updates 4.7, 7.0 and 7.4 were introduced which only allowed music which was sold in ITunes store but not from its competitors.
Lawyers found that two of the plaintiffs had not bought Ipods during 2006-2009 and were subsequently removed from the case. Ms. Barbara Bennett was appointed as a new plaintiff but was not called for her testimony. Lawyers also noted that there weren’t any real IPod users among Plaintiff’s who can claim to have been affected by Apple’s upgrades.
Apple commended the ruling and said that while its software upgrades are meant to enhance the consumer experience and security, they are under no obligation to design their products so that it can support competitors.
“We created iPod and iTunes to give our customers the world’s best way to listen to music,” a spokeswoman said. “Every time we’ve updated those products — and every Apple product over the years — we’ve done it to make the user experience even better.”
The jury agreed with Apple’s notion that the purpose of the updates was not to specifically make Fair Play, Apple’s Digital Right Management technology, incompatible with its competitor’s but rather that incompatibility arose due to the improvements which were introduced in each new update.
Plaintiffs said that they will appeal the jury’s decision and will file for the papers in a month. Apple has been through such scandals and rumors previously also, so it must not come across as a blow for the company.