A jury of eight men and women have thrown out a long-running class action lawsuit against Apple, which sought more than a billion dollars in damages.
In a verdict handed down a few minutes ago in Oakland federal court, the jury found that Apple’s iTunes 7.0 constituted a genuine product improvement. That means it’s the end of the case for the plaintiffs, who represented a class of around eight million consumers, as well as iPod resellers like Best Buy and Walmart.
The jury was considered the case in an unusual bifurcated verdict. First, they were ordered to consider solely whether iTunes 7.0 was a product improvement. If they had decided it was not, they would have gone on to decide whether Apple had acted anti-competitively, and assess any damages.
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