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US: Apple iPod suit gets 11th-hour plaintiff replacement

 |  December 10, 2014

Following the dismissal of the two lead plaintiffs in a class action accusing Apple of violating antitrust laws through its iPod products, reports say a new lead plaintiff has been named at the last-minute, potentially saving the case.

Barbara Ragan Bennett has been named new lead plaintiff of the class of iPod purchasers who claim Apple harmed competition by barring customers from playing non-iTunes downloaded music on the devices and, in some cases, deleting music off iPods.

The case alleges misconduct by Apple between 2006 and 2009. The two lead plaintiffs were dismissed by US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers after it was found they did not purchase their iPods within the timeframe in question.

Judge Rogers, however, declined Apple’s request to dismiss the lawsuit entirely.

The class is seeking up to $1 billion in damages.

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