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Apple has suspended audio accessory maker Monster's right to make licensed accessories for Apple devices following a lawsuit Monster filed against Apple-owned Beats Electronics in January, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Monster produces Lightning charging cables and headphones that are certified to work with Apple devices under Apple's Made for iPhone (MFi) certification process, and it has done so since 2005. As of May 5, Apple is ending its agreement with Monster and will no longer allow the company to make MFi certified accessories.

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Monster's general counsel David Tognotti said Noreen Krall, Apple's chief litigation counsel, told him that their agreement was being terminated, effective May 5, because the relationship between the two companies is no longer "mutually beneficial" in the wake of Monster's lawsuit. According to Mr. Tognotti, Ms. Krall said the suit would "destroy the working relationship" between Apple and Monster.
Monster's lawsuit accused Beats Electronics, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, and HTC of conspiring to acquire Monster's portion of Beats Electronics through a fraudulent deal. Well before Beats Electronics was bought by Apple, Monster designed and sold Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. That ended in 2011, after Beats sold 51 percent of the company to HTC and invoked a change of ownership clause in the Beats/Monster deal.

Beats Electronics later repurchased HTC's stake in the company and convinced Monster CEO Noel Lee to sell a portion of his 5 percent stake as well. According to Lee, this was a "sham transaction" designed to exclude Monster from profits from Beats by Dre sales and later, profits from the Apple acquisition, which would have been more than $100 million had he retained his stake in the company.

With Apple ending its MFi agreement with Monster, Monster will be required to change its packaging and rework some products that use licensed technology. The headphones in the image above, for example, are described as including Apple ControlTalk® microphone, music, and volume control. Apple is permitting Monster to continue to sell accessories through September, but the company is not allowed to produce new MFi-certified cables and headphones.

According to Monster, 900 of its more than 4,000 products produced since 2008 have been made under the MFi program, and the company has paid out more than $12 million in licensing fees since that date. Monster lawyer David Tognotti says the move is excessive and "shows a side of Apple that consumers don't see very often." "Apple can be a bully," he said.

Article Link: Apple Revokes Monster's 'Made for iPhone' License Following Beats Lawsuit
 

Kaibelf

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You really think you can call mom fat and ugly, and still expect her to keep cooking your dinner? Sorry, Monster. Cry all you want, but at the end of the day, you overplayed your hand, so now you can't come to the party anymore. I wonder though, does this whiny lawyer have anything to say about Monster's ridiculous ~80% markups?
 

DCJ001

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"Monster produces Lightning charging cables and headphones that are certified to work with Apple devices under Apple's Made for iPhone (MFi) certification process, and it has done so since 2005"

2005? Are you sure that the Made For iPhone certification process was in place two years before the iPhone was on sale?
 

chucker23n1

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"Monster produces Lightning charging cables and headphones that are certified to work with Apple devices under Apple's Made for iPhone (MFi) certification process, and it has done so since 2005"

2005? Are you sure that the Made For iPhone certification process was in place two years before the iPhone was on sale?

Yes. The program was launched in January 2005. That it was called Made For iPod then is largely irrelevant.
 

hmark8

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Don't see how Apple is being a bully, "Monster" is suing Apple. Clearly if you punch someone, the other person is going to punch back or walk away. In this case Apple is walking away from the relationship. Monster needs Apple's business far more than Apple needs Monster so they should have dropped the suit or be prepared to deal with the consequences.
 

bawbac

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They said it would take something big to bring down Apple and they were right... It's going to take a Monster...
 
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aloshka

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It is open, to people who meet the standards and are not suing apple employees and apple owned companies.

Hardly an unreasonable threshold to openness.

What if they just said something bad about Tim Cook.. Should they terminate contract then? What if they sneeze and apple didn't like it?

What Apple did is 100% opposite of what Open means.
 

bsolar

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Don't see how Apple is being a bully, "Monster" is suing Apple. Clearly if you punch someone, the other person is going to punch back or walk away. In this case Apple is walking away from the relationship. Monster needs Apple's business far more than Apple needs Monster so they should have dropped the suit or be prepared to deal with the consequences.

That's exactly why Apple is being described as a bully. You propose that Monster should drop the lawsuit to avoid consequences from Apple but the lawsuit could be actually perfectly justified, so why should Monster drop it? Because Apple is trying to bully them into doing so through the strength of its business.

Not saying that Apple should not do that: in my opinion Monster deserves every ounce of the bullying Apple can deliver.
 
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