Two class-action lawsuits were filed against Apple this past week; one representing tens of thousands of high-tech workers, another representing owners of 27-inch iMacs with allegedly faulty screens. In the first case, other defendants in the lawsuit have already cashed out, while in the second, an angry music teacher prepares to go the distance. Will either case bring enough to court to make Apple have to open the checkbook?
Some people really have a hard time dealing with change. It seems whenever a popular software platform releases a new version, the interwebs are flooded with people whining about how much better everything was before (we’re looking at you, people on Facebook). Usually, when the next update comes around, these are the same people complaining about the changes again, and the irony there speaks for itself. With the recent release of iOS 7, the biggest change to iOS since its inception, Apple certainly opened itself up to those who love to complain about anything new or different, and the criticisms had to be expected. But was Cupertino prepared for one hater to lawyer up?
When Tim Cook led the big Apple Event last month announcing the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, a lot of comparisons to his predecessor were made. Almost universally, it was declared once again that Tim Cook lacks whatever magic Steve Jobs had on stage. However, perhaps Tim Cook will do a better job of not breaking future patents with his lack of stagecraft; sometimes the ability to project a powerful "reality distortion field" has unintended consequences.
When the jury gathers in November to determine the new amount that Samsung owes Apple for copying the iPhone and iPad, Samsung would like it very much if no one was allowed to tell the jury about how it copied the iPhone and iPad. Also, Apple has decided to break down and take care of Breaking Bad viewers who didn't know they had to pay twice for the final season. Another week of adventures for the Cupertino legal team!
It is no secret that Apple heavily controls which apps are approved for download or sale in the iOS App Store. To some, Cupertino controls so much that it is a point of criticism, claiming Apple maintains a walled-in garden that prevents innovation. Many others, however, enjoy the high quality apps that are safe and work flawlessly with their devices. The issue becomes much more fuzzy, however, when Apple approves an app that violates someone's intellectual property or rights; if damages were incurred, who should pay? Invariably, Apple, along with their golden checkbook, is called onto the legal pitch, which is just what happened a few days ago in Thailand. Will Apple escape with just a yellow card, or will they settle this dispute with a penalty check?
America is addicted to AMC's Breaking Bad, a series that launched in 2008 and has seen its viewership double in the last year alone. Now in the middle of its last season, the series is one of the most hyped, watched, and talked-about cable television shows in the United States. However, something about the way AMC has cooked up this last season is causing some bad blood, and one consumer decided the best thing to do is to lawyer up and sue Apple.
Apple's cash hoard is well publicized. It is the stuff of legends — so much so, you'd almost expect there to be a dragon sitting on top of it, guarding it from would-be burglars. We don't live in a world where you can feast, sing some songs, and then set off with a band of dwarves in search of long forgotten gold; we just clog up the courts with frivolous lawsuits instead. And sometimes, that dragon guarding Cupertino's gold, more commonly known as the legal department, is more than enough to put an end to the journey of those seeking what they falsely believe is their share of the treasure. Let's take a look at the end of two such non-epic quests for Apple's gold.
Samsung, hoping to spring back from last summer's colossal courtroom defeat at the hands of Apple, stretched its latest legal strategy too thin and had it bounced by the judge. Also, many news organizations were hoping that the trial would force Apple and Samsung to let them peek behind the curtain at the finances of each company; they would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for a meddling judge who stepped in at the last minute. Let's catch up on the courtroom drama with this week's Law & Apple.
Last month, we found out that two former Apple retail store employees were suing the mothership, alleging that Apple insists employees wait around, off the clock, to have their bags checked, before they can leave. When Apple did not respond right away, there was some hope that perhaps Cupertino would just settle out of court and change its store policies. Well, Apple did finally respond, and it's taking a totally different approach. Read on.
The so-called Patent War has been raging for years, since Steve Jobs described Google's Android operating system as "grand theft" and notoriously declared his willingness to "go thermonuclear war" to "destroy Android, because it's a stolen product." Those are fightin' words, make no mistake. Instead of calling out Google directly, however, Apple targeted the handset manufacturers. There have been dozens of lawsuits filed, and even more appeals, and following the headlines can get rather confusing. Some have even gone so far as to say no one is winning yet, but they are flat-out wrong. Without question, Apple has been simply dominating these Patent Wars, and here is why.