Apple Shuts Stores In EDTX, But Will Other Cos. Follow?

By Ryan Davis (February 25, 2019, 9:53 PM EST) -- Apple is closing its only two retail stores in the Eastern District of Texas, a move widely viewed as a bid to avoid being sued in a district where the company has been hit with massive patent verdicts, but attorneys say few other patent defendants may be willing or able to follow the tech giant's lead.

Apple said in a statement on Friday that it has "made the decision to consolidate stores" and will close mall shops in Frisco and Plano, Dallas suburbs in the Eastern District of Texas. The company will open a new store in April at a mall...

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