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Judge Dismisses Key Claims of Monster's Lawsuit Against Beats

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey today dismissed the key claims in a lawsuit that alleged that Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre double-crossed former partner Noel Lee, founder of cable maker Monster, reports The Associated Press. The allegations were made in a lawsuit that was filed last year.

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Monster's lawsuit accused the Beats co-founders of orchestrating a "sham" deal with HTC that would terminate Monster's stake in Beats. Monster used to design and sell Beats by Dre headphones, but that changed when Beats sold 51 percent of the company to HTC in 2011, invoking a change-of-ownership clause in the Beats and Monster deal.

Beats Electronics later repurchased HTC's stake in the company and convinced Lee to sell part of his 5 percent stake. Lee alleges that the moves were made to exclude Monster from Beats by Dre profits and, later, the Apple acquisition, which would have netted Lee more than $100 million if he had kept his stake.

Judge Fahey concluded that Beats' actions were allowed under the contracts they had signed with Lee and Monster, and that Lee and his company had entered into business with Beats as sophisticated investors. Fahey also dismissed Monster's claims against HTC America.

Last July, Apple revoked Monster's "Made for iPhone" license after the lawsuit. The trial is still scheduled to go on next week, but will be limited to Beats' effort to force Monster to pay its attorney fees.



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37 months ago

Looks like Apple paid off yet another judge.

Oh well, beats still suck.


And by "paid off another judge" you mean successfully argued its case using case law and legal precedent?
Life tip: Not everything you disagree with is some nefarious and twisted scheme. Very often its just life.
Rating: 30 Votes
37 months ago
Can someone please sue apple for not making computers anymore. Thanks.
Rating: 27 Votes
37 months ago

And by "paid off another judge" you mean successfully argued its case using case law and legal precedent?
Life tip: Not everything you disagree with is some nefarious and twisted scheme. Very often its just life.


Not even sure why you'd think it's worth replying to completely brain dead garbage like that. :-)
Rating: 9 Votes
37 months ago
Any company (or its founder) that can sell cables listed as "for bass" vs "for guitar" and speaker cables that cost monster dollars yet don't outperform zip cord won't find me shedding tears when it loses.

Can someone please sue apple for not making computers anymore. Thanks.


But THIS ^ is really good.
Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago
Monster's argument seems to be "we got outmaneuvered, so somebody needs to pay us, because waaaah". Too bad. Karma is a bitch. Monster Cable has a long history of bullying other companies unreasonably:

* Monster Cable: Good products, dick company - TechCrunch ('https://techcrunch.com/2009/04/21/monster-cable-good-products-dick-company/')
* Monster Cable Correspondence - BlueJeansCable ('http://www.bluejeanscable.com/legal/mcp/')

The last pdf in the BlueJeansCable link is a mildly fun read (watch what happens when Monster Cable decides to have their lawyers bully a small high-end cable company, whose founder happens to be a retired lawyer skilled in litigation).
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago
The smug is off the chart in that photo.
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago
Somebody should have told Monster:
"...when you diss Dre you diss yourself!"
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

Looks like Apple paid off yet another judge.

Oh well, beats still suck.



I'm starting a class action suit against you for using up valuable publicly-owned oxygen.
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago


On a related topic, Apple is being told to pay the proper taxes in the EU. Another correct decision made by the European Commission. I don't care what kind of deal Ireland gave you. You had a business in Ireland which is part of the EU. Shoulda had that shady deal checked out with the EU. You didn't, and now it's gonna cost you ... nothing more then what you should of been paying to begin with!



So you're telling us there is an EU regulation that says a company must apply to the EU for approval of a tax deal with a member state? Wow, I'm surprised Apple didn't know that, with its hundreds of lawyers. Do you happen to know the regulation number? Also, what is the process-- is there some form to fill out, or are they required to send a letter to a specific EU office; and if so, which EU office?

Or, are you just making this up as you go along, as the EU just did? Which, by the way, goes against the very foundations of western law.

Also BTW, most people who disagree with the EU believe Apple should be paying more in taxes. Except we believe these taxes should be going to other jurisdictions. The EU is just jumping the queue and greedily trying to grab it all for themselves.
Rating: 3 Votes
37 months ago
The Beats Solo 2's wireless headphones are actually pretty good. I was surprised!
Rating: 3 Votes

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