OAKLAND, Calif.—Ready for your daily dose of “meta?” This article is about a lawsuit that will stay alive because it has a new plaintiff—who read about the case on Ars Technica.
A bizarre scene unfolded in federal court here today, as lawyers pushing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple’s iTunes sought a new plaintiff. The sole remaining plaintiff was thrown out of the case yesterday, after it was discovered that she hadn’t personally purchased an iPod in the relevant time period.
The class-action lawsuit claims that Apple’s scheme for digital rights management (DRM) illegally shut out competitors, “locked in” consumers, and raised prices on iPods. The case was originally filed in 2005, and a jury trial finally started last week. Plaintiffs are asking for $351 million in damages, and any damage award will be tripled under antitrust law.
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