Apple fails to obviate the mobile tracking lawsuit

Apple incorporation has a huge setback when it failed to fend off the high-profile iPhone tracking law suit. Now the owners of iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches has been given green signal to pursue claims against Apple under two California Consumer protection laws. A decision to this effect has been passed on by the U.S. District Judge – Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, who oversees this nationwide litigation that combines 19 lawsuits.

However, the judge had ruled out claims that Apple has violated the customers’ privacy rights and also ruled out claims under the federal laws addressing wiretaps, computer fraud and records disclosure. The other defendants that were dismissed from this case include Admob Inc, Medialets Inc, Flurry Inc and AdMarvel Inc. With the result of this judgment, Apple is now entrusted upon to defend accusations, that it allowed advertisers to secretly track the activity of millions of iOS (iPhone Operating System) device users.

The lawsuit is in concurrence with the April-2011 presentation from two programmers claiming that Apple has been in a sneakily manner tracking the movements or personal data of the iPhone users through their devices. However, Steve Jobs – co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. denied in several interviews at that time that the company he co-founded had ever tracked or ever tracks the customers’ movements.

US sues Apple and Major Publishers over e-book price fixing

US sues Apple and Major Publishers over e-book price fixingThe US justice department has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Apple and five major publishers over alleged involvement in price fixing. The biggies mentioned in the lawsuit include Apple and publishers Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, MacMillan, Hachette and Pearson. The lawsuit filed in the US District Court of Manhattan accuses the defendants of fixing prices of e-books before the launch of Apple’s iPad in 2010. It is important to note that the popularity of e-book’s was on the rise since 2007, the year Amazon came out with Kindle.

“Beginning in the summer of 2009, we allege that executives at the highest levels of the companies included in today’s lawsuit – concerned that e-book sellers had reduced prices – worked together to eliminate competition among stores selling e-books, ultimately increasing prices for consumers,” said Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking for the government. “As a result of this alleged conspiracy, we believe that consumers paid millions of dollars more for some of the most popular titles.”

It is believed that top level executives from these companies held meetings over lunch or dinner at various upscale Manhattan restaurants to raise, fix and stabilize retail prices.

 

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