Jobs Ordered to Appear in iTunes Anti-Trust Case
In November 2010 the plaintiffs for the case asked for permission to depose Steve Jobs and a hearing was scheduled for January 18, 2011. On January 17, 2011 Steve Jobs announced his indefinite medical leave from Apple so the hearing was “continued indefinitely, without prejudice”. It was agreed by both parties that Steve Jobs was too ill to stand.
On March 2, Steve Jobs took to the stage to announce the iPad 2 causing Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd to order jobs to show up for deposition. The deposition which will take place on an unknown date will last no more than two-hours and will take place outside of a court; he will be questioned on Apple allegedly changing software to prevent digital music files engineered by RealNetworks from playing on an iPod.
“The court,” Judge Lloyd wrote, “finds that Jobs has unique, non-repetitive, firsthand knowledge about the issues at the center of the dispute over RealNetworks software.”