Back in October, 2007, Timothy Smith filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and AT&T. On October, 1, the Northern District of California rejected Apple and AT&Tis;request for dismissal.
The fact that the judge rejected the requests for dismissal has little bearing on the merits of the case, an attorney who follows Apple lawsuits, bust wishes to remain anonymous, told TMO. A dismissal is usually only granted in the most obvious cases of judicial abuse, but in this case, the judge, James Ware, United States District Judge has elected to proceed with discovery and trial.
In the introduction to the order, judge Ware wrote:
"Plaintiffs allege that consumers were offered iPhones only if they signed a two-year service agreement with AT&T Mobility. Plaintiffs allege, however, that unknown to consumers, the companies had agreed to technologically restrict voice and data service in the aftermarket for continued voice and data services, i.e., after the initial two-year service period expired. The question before the Court is whether if these allegations are true, the Complaint states a claim for a violation of the federal antitrust laws and other consumer protection laws."
The plaintiffs brought the following charges against Apple and AT&T.
Judge Ware discussed the claims of the plaintiff, defenses, and applicable law, and reached the following conclusion, with some motions granted and most others denied.