Early this week, a federal jury handed a Apple Inc. a huge win in the firm’s long-running class action case against claims that the company was in violation of antitrust laws by limiting its competition for its long line of iPod audio players.
It took a couple hours for an 8-person jury in Oakland, California, to decide before concluding on a ruling that favored Apple.
The jury felt that Apple’s iTunes 7.0 was a true improvement on its product and hasn’t, in any way, violated any antitrust laws.
The plaintiffs, who were in the litigation on behalf of its consumers, claimed that software updates from Apple were made to squash marketing attempts on products compatible with Apple’s iPod line. $350 million worth of damages were being sought.
Attorneys for Apple said they only wanted to see whether the version of iTunes, which is capable of playing movies and album scanning via Cover Flow, was an improvement of its older versions.
Patrick Coughlin, the plaintiffs’ attorney, intends to appeal the ruling.