Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will likely be defending itself from an unlikely star witness in upcoming trials, a report from The New York Times reveals.
That “star witness” as the publication’s Brian X. Chen writes is the company’s late co-founder and visionary, Steve Jobs.
Tomorrow, a case is set to begin in Oakland, California in which Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will have to defend itself against allegations that it acted unfairly and violated antitrust laws in years past by practices such as allowing music bought on iTunes to be played only on iPods.
In this case, Steve Jobs – more specifically his emails – will likely be used to paint the company in a bad light, Chen says.
“We need to make sure that when Music Match launches their download music store they cannot use iPod. Is this going to be an issue?” Chen cites an email written by Jobs and sent to executives in 2003.
Jobs was referring to MusicMatch, a company which once launched its own online music store.
Though Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has time and again stressed it has not acted unfairly, this email is one of Jobs’ emails which Chen says “lawyers will probably have to work hard to give […] a positive spin.”
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is also facing other lawsuits. Next month, the company will be in a trial along with five other technology giants for allegedly colluding to preserve lower wages for employees and agreeing to not poaching talent from each other.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), the maker of the iPhone, counts Carl Icahn’s Icahn Capital Lp its largest shareholder. The firm reported ownership of about 52.76 million shares worth about $5.32 billion by the end of the third quarter of the year.