The lawsuit United States v. Apple is crafted in a way that's accessible to the general public, almost like an 88-page press release tailored for reading aloud on cable news programs.

Lawsuits primarily serve as a form of communication between lawyers and a judge. Due to their specialized nature, they can become highly technical and full of legal jargon, especially in niche areas like antitrust or complex sectors such as technology litigation. Tech-related lawsuits can be particularly obscure even for those familiar with technology, filled with peculiar software terms that may seem meaningless outside of a legal context. For instance, antitrust law often mentions "middleware," and copyright law focuses on "technological protection measures."

While "middleware" is mentioned in United States v. Apple, the lawsuit is notably different from typical legal documents written by lawyers. A comparison with the 1998 complaint in United States v. Microsoft highlights this contrast. The Apple lawsuit opens in a style that resembles a magazine feature rather than a traditional legal document.

The opening paragraph in United States v. Apple is not numbered, unlike typical legal filings where every paragraph is numbered. Instead, it's part of a unique literary introduction placed before the table of contents. While this isn't against the rules, it's worth noting that other cases, such as United States v. Google (filed in 2023), also have a brief introductory paragraph outside the numbered section. However, in US v. Apple, there is a notable two-page buildup before diving into the allegations.

In contrast, the opening paragraph of the Department of Justice's 1998 antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft (properly labeled as paragraph 1) is as follows:

1. This is an action under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act to restrain anticompetitive conduct by defendant Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”), the world’s largest supplier of computer software for personal computers (“PCs”), and to remedy the effects of its past unlawful conduct.

The legal document in United States v. Microsoft reads like a standard plea to apply the Sherman Antitrust Act to the personal computer market, which can be quite dull.

On the other hand, despite United States v. Apple containing a lawsuit within its extensive content, it reads more like a relatable list of grievances against Apple, detailing many frustrations that individuals like me have experienced over the years. From issues like green bubbles in messages to restrictions on buying Kindle books in the Amazon app, the inability to customize NFC tap actions, and the compatibility challenges of non-Apple smartwatches with iPhones, the Department of Justice seems to understand and address these concerns. It's a reassuring feeling of being understood and acknowledged.