On April 17, 2017, the Joseph Saveri Law Firm filed suit on behalf of a nationwide class of direct purchasers of Apple iPhones and iPads against electronics manufacturer Qualcomm Incorporated. The complaint, seeks damages from Qualcomm in connection with various restraints of trade that arise out of agreements with Apple in which Qualcomm violated its obligations to license its patents on fair terms. Plaintiffs also claim Qualcomm unlawfully maintained a monopoly in the market for baseband processors—the chipsets that allow cellphones and other wireless devices to communicate with wireless networks and each other. These actions, plaintiff alleges, inflated prices for Apple’s iPhones and iPads.
The complaint seeks damages for violations of federal antitrust laws, Sherman Act sections 1 and 2, as well as under the antitrust laws and unfair trade practices statutes of California.