Apple sanctioned in Qualcomm FTC case for withholding documents

“A judge granted sanctions against Apple Inc. for dragging its feet in turning over documents in the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit accusing Qualcomm Inc. of forcing the iPhone maker to use its chips exclusively,” Ian King and Kartikay Mehrotra report for Bloomberg.

“U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Jose, California, ordered Apple to pay $25,000 for each day that it fails to produce the evidence starting Dec. 16,” King and Mehrotra report. “Apple has until Dec. 29 to turn over the documents or face even steeper fines, according to a court filing late Thursday.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook
“Apple, which isn’t a party in the FTC suit, said in a filing this month that it had produced more than 2.6 million documents by the Dec. 15 deadline and any dispute Qualcomm wanted to raise was premature,” King and Mehrotra report. “The FTC suit alleges that Qualcomm unfairly cut out competitors by making Apple use only its chips in exchange for lower licensing fees.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Tim Cook’s Apple delaying something and slowing down proceedings?

Say it ain’t so.

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  1. Serious question: Why should Apple be sanctioned for this? During the Apple-Samsung trial, Samsung admitted to shredding documents and deleting computer files — for which the judge did nothing but verbally scold the Samsung lawyers.

            1. User satisfaction isn’t a popularity measure dummy, it’s a measure of how satisfied the user is with the product. By any measure Apple products are not popular, they have a minority market share. Users however, are satisfied with their very unpopular Apple products. Apple keeps winning!

            1. Those 50 million aren’t unhappy and pissed off at Apple, they just have some things they’re not entirely satisfied with. No company can have 100 percent user satisfaction, even you should understand that. Apple keeps winning!

            2. You are missing the point dum dum. Should Apple change its business model and focus on serving five percent or less of its customers instead of doing what makes 95 percent or more of its customers extremely happy and satisfied? Of course the small percentage of not totally satisfied customers matter, but you cannot please everyone 100 percent, ain’t possible dum dum. If Apple listened to people like you they’d already be out of business. All you have is bad advice. Lucky for us Apple doesn’t listen to dum dums like you and just keeps on winning!

  2. Apple’s not being honest, open, and transparent? Please, tell me no!

    Tim Cook’s calculating how many days of $25,000 per day he can delay the course of justice. Then a light goes on! Hey, he thinks, with the Trump tax relief I can hold out for 13 years, 4 months, and 6 days. I could find a new job by then. Tim Cook smiles, relieved, then pens a thank you card to President Trump. Don’t you love happy endings?

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