A judge has cleared the way for a class action lawsuit against AT&T and Apple regarding the exclusive deal between the two companies for the iPhone.
The suit, originally filed in 2007, alleges Apple created a monopoly by suggesting its exclusive iPhone deal with AT&T was only for two years. Recent documentation now points to a five-year agreement, set to end at the end of this year. The recent ruling now allows anyone who’s ever bought an iPhone to join in on the suit.
AT&T issued the following response in a statement:
"There was widespread disclosure of [AT&T's] five-year exclusivity and no suggestion by Apple or anyone else that iPhones would become unlocked after two years," the company said. "Moreover, it is sheer speculation – and illogical – that failing to disclose the five-year exclusivity term would produce monopoly power."