Lawsuit Charges Apple With Monopolizing Online Music
January 4, 2008 at 5:34 AM (PT)
An antitrust lawsuit filed against APPLE on DEC. 31st charges the company with maintaining an illegal monopoly on the digital music market. Plaintiff STACIE SOMERS, represented by attorneys CRAIG BRISKIN and STEVEN SKALET of MEHRI & SKALET PLLC, ALREEN HAEGGQUIST of HAEGGQUIST LAW GROUP and HELEN ZELDES, alleges that APPLE dominates the market for online video, online music and digital music players and that its dominance constitutes a violation of the SHERMAN ANTITRUST ACT. The attorneys are seeking to have their lawsuit certified as a class action, reports INFOWEEK.
"APPLE has engaged in tying and monopolizing behavior, placing unneeded and unjustifiable technological restrictions on its most popular products in an effort to restrict consumer choice, and to restrain what little remains of its competition in the digital music markets," the complaint states. "APPLE's CEO STEVE JOBS himself compared APPLE's digital music dominance to MICROSOFT's personal computer operating system dominance, calling APPLE's MUSIC STORE 'the MICROSOFT of music stores' in a meeting with financial analysts."
The complaint against APPLE claims that the company controls 75% of the online video market, 83% of the online music market, more than 90% of the hard-drive based music player market, and 70% of the Flash-based music player market.
A spokesperson for APPLE said the company does not comment on pending litigation.