Apple vs. FBI: A timeline

Breaking down Apple's fight with the FBI
Breaking down Apple's fight with the FBI

Apple's case against the FBI will be a long, drawn-out process. But there are some big dates that are coming up soon.

March 3: Supporters, opponents and anyone outside the case are due to file remarks to the court. The magistrate-judge will weigh those briefs when deciding on the case.

Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have already pledged to file briefs to the court in support of Apple.

March 10: The government will have an opportunity to respond to Apple. In a motion filed February 19, the government cited the All Writs Act, which allows a court to force a company to turn over customer data to law enforcement.

March 15: After assessing the government's response, Apple has to file its final reply.

March 22: Attorneys for Apple (AAPL, Tech30) and the government will appear in a District Court in Riverside, California at 1 p.m. PT. They will both argue their cases to a magistrate-judge, who will rule shortly after.

The losing party will likely appeal to have the case heard by a District Court judge. The case could be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.

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