Apple Faces Antitrust Suit Over AT&T IPhone Deal

Law360, New York (October 19, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT) -- Apple Inc. was hit Friday with a putative class action in California federal court alleging the tech giant violated antitrust laws by locking iPhone customers into voice and data plans with AT&T Mobility through the companies' five-year exclusivity agreement.

IPhone users Zack Ward and Thomas Buchar says Apple stifled competition in the mobile phone industry by programming software locks on the phones to prevent users from switching to a competing mobile carrier.

The practice violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which says consumers have...
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Ward et al v. Apple Inc.


Case Number

3:12-cv-05404

Court

California Northern

Nature of Suit

Anti-Trust

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Joseph C. Spero

Date Filed

October 19, 2012

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