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.
If you are in the market for a new hearing aid, one manufacturer is worried that some of Apple's product line be be totally confusing you. So worried, in fact, that they are suing to ban the product and force Cupertino to pay them back for all of the confusion-causing damage. Meanwhile, more legal drama in China, where the government has decided to get more aggressive in the fight against piracy -- by suing Apple. Again. Frivolity and hypocrisy, can you hear me now?
As more and more of our media moves into digital-only formats, we have to wonder our rights are to these virtual goods. Granted, a quick perusal through most End-User License Agreements will make it pretty clear you're essentially borrowing those songs, games, and movies from the distributor. A ruling by the federal U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has sided with the record industry on the issue, potentially putting a halt to iTunes resales.
Seems like everyone wants to take a bite out of Apple these days. In China, an Internet technology company claims to have been in a relationship with the technology behind Siri before Apple and the virtual personal assistant even starting dating. Back home in California, a small company that wants to make sure you understand up front that they are not a troll is nonetheless suing Apple for patent infringement. That Cupertino team of legal eagles is never bored, are they?
When Apple brought the big bad legal team to boss around a small Mexico City IT company, Cupertino probably thought they had a quick courtroom victory waiting for them. Surprise! Also, you know those speakers in your iPhone, iPad and Mac that sound a little better than they should? THX claims to know why, and they are not happy about it.
Two major developments this week in separate, high profile Apple lawsuits. It's like going back in time to tell the court "my bad." Step into our DeLorean today and we'll travel back in time to revisit some courtroom drama that is back in the news again.
Smurfberries, zombie toxin, city cash, and gems just got real expensive for Apple. A nine-digit settlement proposal is now on the table, as Apple agrees to foot the bill for kids who racked up in-app purchases on their parents' iTunes accounts. That's right; Cupertino will be taking responsibility for parents who refuse to take responsibility for the actions of their own kids. What the Smurf, right?
Hearings began this week in David Einhorn's lawsuit against Apple, and right away the rockstar hedge-fund manager got the court to lean a little in his favor. This case is going to be fast and furious, particularly with an Apple event just a few days away that Einhorn would like to see postponed. Is Einhorn just playing the role of greedy investor, trying to puppet-string the stock market with a slick PR campaign? Or does this lawsuit actually have some legitimate legs?
A few weeks ago, we mentioned the growing discontent from some Apple investors, and the lurking potential for legal action. Well, last Thursday one of Cupertino's high-profile investors did just that, and launched a lawsuit against Apple in Federal District Court in Manhattan. A few days ago, Tim Cook responded like a parent answering a child who won't stop asking for a pony. Nobody likes to get swept into a high-profile lawsuit, do they?