A basic rule of employment is that you pay your employees for the time your require them to be at work. Generally, courts don't look too kindly on companies that force you to stay at work and refuse to pay you for it. Especially if you're keeping them there, off the clock, just to make sure they're not stealing from you, which is apparently exactly what Apple's retail store policy does. Now a couple of former Apple employees are taking on the vaunted Cupertino legal team to make it right. A class-action suit representing over 42,000 employees could get pretty, pretty, pretty expensive. And if that's not enough for Apple to worry about, the company is back in the ring with Google, bickering about negotiating tactics. All in another week of Law & Apple!
Is Apple the dark ringmaster of a vast e-book conspiracy designed to hurt consumers, or a champion of the arts and innovation? Also, is Cupertino running a crime syndicate bent on scamming you with rigged power buttons? Interesting questions without clear answers. Let's take a look and go over what we know so far.
Remember the so-called "Antennagate" crisis? While it seems like forever ago that iPhone 4 users whined about antenna problems with their handsets, they'll probably be reminded about it when their settlement check hits the mailbox.
Have you ever brought your iOS device into an Apple store for service, seeking a safe harbor for service, only to be told that the warranty was void due to water damage? Well, it turns out the indicator used to determine moisture may have been faulty, and Apple is looking to stem the flood of complaints with a big splash of money. Although willing to dip into its deep pool of cash to end a lawsuit, is Cupertino actually willing to admit to a manufacturing flaw?
Silicon Valley has long been the center of the universe for technology workers. If you want to play on the big stage for software engineers, the storied northern California tech hotbed, first named publicly in the early '70s, remains the place to be. But what if you found out that all of the major tech companies there were in cahoots to suppress your salary? What if you had proof that the heads of companies like Apple and Google were slinging emails around, asking each other to not hire you? You'd probably do what those very companies seem to love to do: you'd sue.
Seems like this is the kind of Wednesday that the term “hump day” was designed for. Apple kept us on our toes by releasing updates to OS X Lion and Safari today, and the rest of the tech world has been hard at work doing the same on what’s generally a ho-hum day of the week. In case you happen to be downloading those aforementioned updates and need some reading material, here’s the latest for Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
If you’re an iPhone 4 owner who was unhappy with Apple’s offer of a free bumper to resolve your “Antennagate” related woes, you’ll now be able to cash in on that despair thanks to a class action settlement -- but don’t fill your eyes with dollar signs just yet.
Let's be honest: not everybody can do the electric slide, especially when it is patented. Apple won a ruling against Motorola in Germany for the first time, and it is kind of a big one. Also, for all of you sufferers of the iPhone 4 "death grip" who have been anxiously awaiting the outcome from your class-action suit against Apple, a settlement is reached; you stand to get enough cash to possibly buy yourself two, maybe three gallons of gas.
Cue the dun-dun and let's recap another week of Law & Apple.
Remember “Antennagate,” the iPhone 4 controversy where then-CEO Steve Jobs reportedly told an inquisitive user that they were “holding it wrong”? Those were good times, but for most of us, Antennagate faded into the history books after Apple handed out free cases. Legally, however, things have only just now come to a close.
There doesn't seem to be much in the cards for Apple legal battles this week. Damning evidence in a class-action suit is made public, a lawsuit against Motorola is slimmed down drastically, and the highest court in the Netherlands tells Apple "Yes, you heard us right the first time: you’re wrong."
It can't be all bad for Apple, right? Cue the “dun dun” and let's dig in!