Luxpro Takes a Hit in Monopoly Legal Battle with Apple

Luxpro took one on the chin in U.S. District Court when Judge Harry F. Barnes tossed out the company's claims that Apple is attempting to control the MP3 player market with monopoly powers, according to Southeast Texas Record. The Taiwan-based company took Apple to court in Arkansas in 2008 over claims that the iPod maker used its market dominance to pressure stores to stop carrying its competing MP3 player.

Loxpro also alleged that Apple pressured parts manufacturers to not supply parts to the company, limiting its ability to build its Super Shuffle MP3 player.

Luxpro's original Super Shuffle product shot.

Judge Barnes ruled that Apple was not wielding monopoly power, and that Luxpro failed to adequately plead its claims for trade libel and defamation. He also dismissed the company's claims that Apple interfered with retail deals because of statute of limitations deadlines, but is allowing a claim that Apple pressured Starbucks into backing out of a deal with Luxpro.

The companies first locked horns during CeBit in Germany in 2005 when Apple obtained an injunction blocking Luxpro from displaying its Super Shuffle MP3 player. The player looked nearly identical to Apple's first generation iPod shuffle.

Apple also won a case in Taiwan blocking Luxpro from selling the Super Shuffle, but that ruling was later overturned.

Luxpro has until November 2 to file an amended complaint.