Apple iPod iTunes Antitrust Litigation
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Case No. C-05-00037-JW
Welcome to the Apple iPod iTunes Antitrust Litigation Website
If you purchased one of the listed iPod models directly from Apple between September 12, 2006 and March 31, 2009, a class-action lawsuit may affect your rights.
Please read the materials on this website, including the Notice carefully as your rights may be affected by proceedings in this litigation.
Three individuals who bought iPods have sued Apple seeking to recover money for themselves and other people who bought iPods. The lawsuit claims that Apple violated federal and state laws by issuing software updates in 2006 for its iPod that prevented iPods from playing songs not purchased on iTunes. The lawsuit claims that the software updates caused iPod prices to be higher than they otherwise would have been.
The Court in charge of the case is the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and the case is known as In re Apple iPod iTunes Antitrust Litigation, C-05-00037-JW. The people who sued are called Plaintiffs, and Apple is called the Defendant.
Apple denies that it did anything wrong and asserts that the software updates challenged by Plaintiffs improved its products, were good for consumers, and had no effect on iPod prices. On November 22, 2011, the Court allowed the case to proceed as a class action for all persons and entities that purchased one of the iPod models, listed below, directly from Apple between September 12, 2006 and March 31, 2009. All these people are a Class or Class Members. The Court will resolve the issues in the case for all Class Members, except as to those who choose to exclude themselves from the Class.
The Court decided that everyone who fits the following description is a Class Member: All persons or entities in the United States (excluding federal, state and local governmental entities, Apple, its directors, officers and members of their families) who purchased one of the iPod models listed below directly from Apple between September 12, 2006 and March 31, 2009 (“Class Period”).
A list of iPod models covered by the Class Definition are as follows:
| iPod Standard, Classic, Special Models
iPod (5th generation) 30 GB
iPod (5th generation) 80 GB
iPod U2 Special Edition 30 GB
iPod Classic 120 GB
iPod Classic 80 GB
iPod Classic 160 GB
iPod (5th generation) 60 GB
iPod shuffle Models
iPod shuffle (2nd generation) 1 GB
iPod shuffle (2nd generation) 2 GB
iPod shuffle (3rd generation) 4 GB
iPod shuffle (1st generation) 1 GB
iPod shuffle 512 MB
||iPod touch Models
iPod touch 8 GB
iPod touch 16 GB
iPod touch 32 GB
iPod touch (2nd generation) 8 GB
iPod touch (2nd generation) 16 GB
iPod touch (2nd generation) 32 GB
iPod nano Models
iPod nano (2nd generation) 2 GB
iPod nano (2nd generation) 4 GB
iPod nano (2nd generation) 8 GB
iPod nano (3rd generation) 4 GB
iPod nano (3rd generation) 8 GB
iPod nano (4th generation) 4 GB
iPod nano (4th generation) 8 GB
iPod nano (4th generation) 16 GB
iPod nano (1st generation) 1 GB
iPod nano (1st generation) 2 GB
iPod nano (1st generation) 4 GB
No money is available now because the Court has not yet decided whether Apple has done anything wrong, and the two sides have not settled the case. There is no guarantee that any money will ever be available. If it is, you will be notified about your rights regarding any recovery.
What are Your Options?
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS LAWSUIT
| DO NOTHING
|| Stay in this lawsuit. Await the outcome. Give up certain rights.
By doing nothing, you keep the possibility of sharing in any recovery (monetary or otherwise) that may come from a trial or a settlement. But you give up any right you may have to sue Apple separately about the same legal claims in this lawsuit, and you will be bound by the outcome of this case.
|ASK TO BE EXCLUDED
|| This deadline has passed.
You may no longer exclude yourself from the Class. Exclusions needed to be postmarked no later than July 30, 2012.
Right to Request Exclusion from the Class
You no longer have the option to exclude yourself from the Class. Requests for exclusion had to be postmarked no later than July 30, 2012.
If you believe you are a member of the Class but have not yet received the Notice, you may obtain a copy by following the Notice link to the left or by clicking here, or by writing to the Notice Administrator at: Apple iPod iTunes Antitrust Litigation, c/o Rust Consulting, Inc., P.O. Box 8038, Faribault, MN 55021-9438, or by calling the toll-free telephone number, 877-760-8875.
Getting More Information
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PLEASE DO NOT WRITE OR CALL THE COURT OR THE CLERK’S OFFICE FOR INFORMATION.