Apple gets support from Lawyers for Civil Justice in fight against discovery sanctions

“In connection with the FTC’s antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm, Magistrate Judge Nathaniel Cousins of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California crafted a ‘Christmas present’ for Apple that the iPhone maker would probably have liked to return to the shop immediately: a sanctions order ($25K per day starting December 16) and a December 29 deadline for the production of documents,” Florian Mueller writes for FOSS Patents. “[A] Bloomberg article… quotes an Apple spokesman as saying that Apple was going to appeal the ruling and that Apple had already produced ‘millions of documents for this case’ and would deliver ‘millions more.’

“On Wednesday evening, Lawyers for Civil Justice — an organization representing the interests of corporate counsel (with companies like Microsoft, Shell, ExxonMobil, Eli Lilly, StateFarm, Ford, Merck, Pfizer, Glaxo SmithKline and FedEx sitting on the board) to avoid unreasonably burdensome procedures — asked the court for permission to file the following amicus brief that effectively supports Apple,” Mueller writes. “The most interesting number in the brief is that at some point Apple had — and maybe has as we speak — 500 (five hundred!) lawyers assigned to the document-sifting effort.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, when all of this is said and done, Qualcomm’s unreasonable, illogical, and irrational licensing scam, which charges a percentage of the total cost of all components in the phone, even non-Qualcomm components, will go the way of the dodo.

Apple sanctioned in Qualcomm FTC case for withholding documents – December 22, 2017

EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm $1.2 billion for paying Apple to shut out rivals’ chips – January 24, 2018
Apple countersues Qualcomm for patent infringement – November 29, 2017
Apple designing next-gen iPhones, iPads that would dump Qualcomm components – October 31, 2017
Qualcomm faces long odds in attempt to get ban of iPhone sales and manufacturing in China – October 17, 2017
Qualcomm files lawsuits seeking China iPhone ban, escalating Apple legal fight – October 13, 2017
Qualcomm fined record $773 million in Taiwan antitrust probe – October 11, 2017
Apple faces down Qualcomm, Ericsson over EU patent fees – October 2, 2017
Qualcomm loses two key rulings in its patent royalty fight with Apple – September 21, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic obliterates top chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Huawei – September 18, 2017
U.S. judge rules Apple lawsuits against Qualcomm can proceed – September 8, 2017
Qualcomm CEO expects out of court settlement with Apple – July 18, 2017
Apple-Qualcomm legal dispute likely to be ‘long and ugly’ – July 7, 2017
Qualcomm wants court to block Apple from U.S. iPhone imports and sales – July 6, 2017
Judge rules U.S. FTC antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm to proceed – June 27, 2017
Apple uses Supreme Court decision to escalate war against Qualcomm – June 20, 2017
Apple’s amended San Diego complaint against Qualcomm leaves no doubt: many billions at stake – June 20, 2017


  1. Apple now joins the ranks of Enron, Valeant, and others. Apple is all grown up now, just another corporate behemoth drowning under corporate inertia, crippled by its corporate culture, and deaf to consumers.

    1. It’s not entirely new, but it is different.
      Jobs era Apple developed for Jobs, and if you were okay with taking it at that, great,
      My first Mac was a 2008 MBP. What a great machine. Loved it.

      My second 2009 MBP has been the greatest disappointment of all my computers ever. Totally left me wanting @ $2300. Jobs (or Cook) decided to remove Expresscard slot without replacing it with anything. I was stuck with USB 2 in the USB 3 era.

      Now you may ask, why didn’t I return it? I tried to exchange it the next day for the 17’’ model which still had it. I was informed of a 15% restocking fee, less than 24 hours after purchase.
      They weren’t customer friendly then either….

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