A lawsuit alleging that Apple and AT&T secretly formed a monopoly with their exclusive iPhone agreement has received class-action status.
On Thursday, Judge James Ware of the US District court for the Northern District of California granted class certification of plaintiffs' antitrust claims seeking damages and injunctive relief.
By only providing the iPhone on one carrier, customers are fundamentally locked in, despite having a termination option. Originally filed in 2007, the lawsuit alleged that Apple and AT&T told customers their iPhone contract was two years long. In actuality, the companies' exclusivity agreement was set for an indefinite period of time.
While Apple responded to previous allegations, neither Apple nor AT&T has commented on the latest developments in the lawsuit.