Apple Trial May Have New Plaintiff

OAKLAND, California (AP) -

A Massachusetts woman emerged Tuesday as the potential new representative for plaintiffs in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple’s iTunes software and the price of its iPods.

A federal judge says she’s tentatively satisfied with a proposal to add Barbara Bennett as the lead plaintiff in the case, which began trial last week. Bennett, a business consultant who uses her iPod to listen to music while ice skating, flew to California at the request of lawyers suing Apple Inc. on behalf of eight million consumers who purchased iPods between 2006 and 2009.

Bennett, who bought a red iPod Nano in 2006, contacted lawyers after reading a news report that the case was close to collapsing for lack of a named plaintiff. The case started with three, but two withdrew and the judge disqualified the last one Monday.