The Joseph Saveri Law Firm filed a class action lawsuit in April 2017 on behalf of Apple iPhone and iPad direct purchasers against electronics manufacturer Qualcomm Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The suit charges Qualcomm with violating its obligation to license its patents on fair terms and illegally maintaining a monopoly in the market for baseband processors: the chipsets that enable cellphones and other wireless devices to communicate with wireless networks and each other. Plaintiffs allege that these actions inflated the prices they paid for Apple iPhones and iPads.
“Qualcomm’s monopoly on the baseband processor market and refusal to honor its patent licensing obligations with Apple have driven up the cost of Apple iPhones and iPods nationwide,” says Joseph Saveri, counsel for plaintiff Lindsey Carr. “While Qualcomm continues to profit from these illegal acts, distributors and consumers suffer by paying inflated prices.”
The suit, In re Qualcomm Antitrust Litigation, seeks monetary damages for violations of federal antitrust laws, Sherman Act sections 1 and 2, and the unfair trade practices statutes of California.