Illegal Tying Is Core Of Apple's Business: Suit

Law360, New York (January 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Apple Inc.'s market-topping iTunes online store and iPod music player have come under antitrust fire again, with purchasers on Monday filing another putative class action in California federal court.

At the heart of the complaint's accusations of illegal tying and monopolistic behavior is the alleged lack of interoperability in Apple's music products: Only the iPod can play music bought on iTunes, and only music bought on iTunes can be played on an iPod.

Most significantly, the iPod does not support Microsoft's standard WMA format; according to...
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Case Information

Case Title

Somers v. Apple, Inc.

Case Number



California Northern

Nature of Suit



James Ware

Date Filed

December 30, 2007


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