Adobe Hit With Class Action Over FreeHand App

Law360, New York (May 3, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT) -- Adobe Systems Inc. was hit with an antitrust class action in California on Tuesday alleging it bought Macromedia Inc. in 2005 for the company's FreeHand illustration program to nix competition and to boost its more expensive Illustrator software.

Graphic designers are now being forced to pay a higher price for Adobe's inferior Illustrator and will lose their FreeHand-created designs if forced to switch to Adobe's software, according to plaintiff Free FreeHand Corp.

The deal to acquire FreeHand was the second time Adobe attempted to buy the...
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Case Information

Case Title

Free Freehand Corp et al v. Adobe Systems, Inc.

Case Number



California Northern

Nature of Suit



Lucy H. Koh

Date Filed

May 3, 2011


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