Apple defeats $1 billion iPod antitrust suit in three hours
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple prevailed Tuesday in a potential $1 billion lawsuit by iPod customers who claimed restrictions in the iTunes library were designed to kill competition.
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Federal jurors in Oakland, California, found in Apple's favor after a two-week trial that featured Steve Jobs's e-mails and videotaped testimony given by the Apple co-founder six months before he died in 2011 of cancer.
The eight-member jury found firmware and software updates in iTunes 7.0, which were contained in the iPod models at issue in the trial, were genuine product improvements. That finding meant the company couldn't be held liable for thwarting competition even if the tweaks hurt rivals, according to instructions given to the jury.
Lawyers in the class-action lawsuit representing as many as 8 million iPod customers and 500 resellers told the jury that Jobs and other top company executives who developed and marketed iTunes and the iPod took steps to block software created by a competitor that made songs from its service compatible with the device.