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"[Eric] Schmidt responded that he preferred it be shared 'verbally, since I don't want to create a paper trail over which we can be sued later?'"

"Mr. Jobs also suggested that if Palm did not agree to such an arrangement, Palm could face lawsuits alleging infringement of Apple's many patents,"

So much for being a country of laws. Was any of these execs ever prosecuted or suffered a penny in fines for this? Sure conspiracy to do something illegal is illegal

Isn't this filing part of a legal process intended to do just that (i.e. appropriately penalize the companies behind this collusive scheme)?

The problem is that by punishing companies and rewarding individuals, you tend to create an incentive for individuals to break the law (the risk/reward, on a personal level, gets skewed). In cases like this it's arguable that the individuals involved should be prosecuted.

Google and Apple have close to $200 Billion in cash, so a even a "substantial" penalty to them is like taking a quarter out of my pocket. Put a few execs in jail and see how fast it stops.

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