Apple Inc. is fighting to keep its commercial information private in a legal battle in federal court in California, where plaintiffs’ lawyers are attempting to elicit information from the company as part of their antitrust case involving the National Football League’s “Sunday Ticket” programming package.
Apple asks a federal judge to reject a “boundlessentire” subpoena and seal any hearing the court might hold. Plaintiffs’ lawyers fired back, saying Apple had not offered any compelling reason to keep the public out. The plaintiffs’ claims challenged “interlocking agreements” among the NFL, its teams, and DirecTV.
They contend the agreements restrained the distribution of NFL telecasts and artificially drove up prices.