Apple has reiterated its determination to go to court and fight the current DOJ antitrust lawsuit. Apple lawyer Daniel Floyd told US District Judge Denise Cote this week that the company believes the case is “not appropriate”, and the next hearing in the case is now set for June 22nd.
As the case continues, it is becoming more complex. The latest development is that all 50 US states and Puerto Rico could join a separate settlement program. Consumers could therefore end up getting their restitution from this state-based settlement rather than through any class-action case. Meanwhile, there are reports that a similar lawsuit is being considered in Canada.
So not only is the case complex, it’s also slow-moving. Apple seems to believe that it has a chance of winning if it goes to court, a view that has support from a number of commenters. It looks like there’s plenty of time for the wind to change direction as this case lumbers on, and it might yet be too early to assume that the DOJ will get its own way entirely.