Apple is currently on trial for restrictive iPod software that prevented playback of music from iTunes competitors, but the case hit a new speed bump. The Associated Press reports that the final plaintiff, Marianna Rosen, was disqualified after revealing that she never personally bought any of the iPod models in question. Apple made the case against Rosen and a second plaintiff, Melanie Tucker, earlier this month, but this week the Cupertino company scored a major win.
The case isn’t being dismissed though, at least not yet. Despite Apple’s request that it be thrown out, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that the prosecution has until Tuesday to find someone else. It’s believed that roughly eight million people purchased an iPod covered by the ongoing lawsuit, so it seems likely the case will continue next week.
“There are plaintiffs who stand willing and ready to step in and we will have them in court tomorrow,” attorney Bonny Sweeney told the judge, adding that a number of people have come forward since the trial kicked off last week.
If Apple loses the case, it could end up paying about $1 billion for breaking antitrust laws, though for now the company’s lawyers seem confident they can eke out a win.