SAN JOSE — Lawyers vying to lead the multidistrict litigation targeting Apple Inc. with claims related to the diminished performance of older iPhones laid out starkly different visions for what the structure of the plaintiffs’ team should look like.

U.S. District Judge Edward Davila of the Northern District of California, who is overseeing about 80 class actions claiming Apple intentionally and surreptitiously slowed down older iPhones to nudge consumers to buy newer devices, heard leadership pitches in front of a courtroom full of about 40 lawyers Thursday, with another 10 or so on the phone.

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