Apple’s long legal nightmare with a potential billion-dollar loss is over. Julia Love:
A federal jury handed Apple a win in a hard-fought antitrust case on Tuesday, rejecting plaintiffs’ claims that the company sidelined competitors and hiked up prices during the iPod’s heyday.
The eight-member jury decided the decade-old case after less than three hours of deliberations. They sided with Apple that iTunes 7.0, released in 2006, was a meaningful improvement over previous versions of the software, rather than a plot to hobble rivals.
Yes, the plaintiffs will appeal. Apple’s pockets are that deep. What’s too bad here is that the loser isn’t required to pay legal fees and other costs.