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Apple Sued by Consumers Over iPhone Locking Policies

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The Sherman Act really?!

stevelvl

Oct 22, 2012, 8:48 AM
They are actually arguing a violation of the Sherman Act passed in 1890? Am I the only one who sees humor in that?
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johnhr2

Oct 22, 2012, 9:51 AM
The Sherman Act of 1890 in a nutshell is:
A Section 1 violation has three elements:
1. An agreement
2. which unreasonably restrains competition
3. and which affects interstate commerce.

A Section 2 violation has two elements:
1. the possession of monopoly power in the relevant market and
2. the willful acquisition or maintenance of that power as distinguished from growth or development as a consequence of a superior product, business acumen, or historic accident.

And laws over a 100 years old can still be used today depending on how broadly they were written.
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T Bone

Oct 22, 2012, 9:58 AM
But basically NONE of that stuff applies here....as much as I love to bash Apple, and I do, this is a completely frivolous, BS lawsuit which should be dismissed out of hand in 5 minutes....
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johnhr2

Oct 22, 2012, 10:02 AM
I agreed I just looked up up the act so people here can read what they can use the act for. I don't see how it applies but I am not a lawyer.
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T Bone

Oct 22, 2012, 10:09 AM
It might possibly apply if people had no way to get unlocked phones....but obtaining unlocked phones is easier than ever, and the prices of unlocked phones are dropping, the Sony unlocked GSM dual SIM phone that was mentioned on this very site a couple weeks ago was only $199.99...really, that's the same price as a phone on contract....so if you care, get the unlocked phone.
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Fredd

Oct 22, 2012, 12:44 PM
It is really all about some shyster lawyer looking to make a buck off consumers who (for the most part) do not know or do not care.
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stevelvl

Oct 23, 2012, 8:38 AM
You are all just trying to be too witty and intellectual about it. I am not talking about the letter of the law here weather it has a legal biases. I just find it very humorous that a relatively obscure century old law is being applied to the latest technology.

How can I be the only one who gets a chuckle out of this???
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T Bone

Oct 23, 2012, 9:49 AM
The Sherman Anti-Trust act is not an obscure law, in fact I would say that it is one of the few laws that most people know by name.
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stevelvl

Oct 24, 2012, 2:21 PM
OK then, well I guess it id obvious I am the only person who sees humor in this.
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