Judge Dismisses Key Claims of Monster's Lawsuit Against Beats

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.


    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.

    Article Link: Judge Dismisses Key Claims of Monster's Lawsuit Against Beats
  2. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Looks like Apple paid off yet another judge.

    Oh well, beats still suck.
  3. Zenithal macrumors 604

    Sep 10, 2009
    Anyone who buys Beats headphones or Monster cables isn't bright to begin with. Need I link people to the thread in the main forum about a young lad who's 20 and still has father arrange things for him?
  4. Krizoitz macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2003
    Tokyo, Japan
    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.
  5. akfgpuppet macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2011
    The 831
    Monster should have gone to an East Texas court.
  6. M87 macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
    Can someone please sue apple for not making computers anymore. Thanks.
  7. JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    While not the best in sound, I have had powerbeats2 wireless earbuds and they've lasted me almost a year straight of running.. My last 3 wireless headphones lasted 4-5 months max.
    I know mi
    My beats headphones wireless and wired have lasted longer than any other headphone company I've tried buying from...
    I did catch them on sale, but then I also do that with most of my Apple products. Sometimes I do think you get what you pay for in terms of durability.
    Monster cables can't be defending anyone paying over 5 dollars for an HDMI cable is getting bamboozled mostly because cables rarely get moved and worn out since they stay stationary.
  8. dec. Suspended


    Apr 15, 2012
    Not even sure why you'd think it's worth replying to completely brain dead garbage like that. :)
  9. Zenithal macrumors 604

    Sep 10, 2009
    Wireless headphone technology is relatively new in the current technologies. Otherwise, I had wireless RF based headphones over a decade ago.
  10. DPUser macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2012
    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.

    But THIS ^ is really good.
  11. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    The Beats Solo 2's wireless headphones are actually pretty good. I was surprised!
  12. iClone macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2016
    Las Vegas
    I don't like jimmy's face. I'm not sure why.
  13. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
  14. AdonisSMU macrumors 604

    Oct 23, 2010
    huh? That court isnt for this type of case. Wise up.
  15. rosujin macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2010
    Somebody should have told Monster:
    "...when you diss Dre you diss yourself!"
  16. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  17. shareef777 Suspended


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Nope Apple won and rightfully so. Monster is just fighting because they're angry that they could have gotten a better deal after the fact. Welcome to the real world Monster, you sold your shares and you got paid for it. You can't come back and argue that you want more money AFTERWARD!

    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!
  18. ekwipt macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2008
    Wel done Dr. Dre, still a gangster in business. Love it
  19. dixido macrumors member


    Aug 29, 2010
    Apple took out "computer" from the company name years ago. These days it's clear why.
  20. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.

    I'm starting a class action suit against you for using up valuable publicly-owned oxygen.
  21. carrrrrlos macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2010
  22. Gasu E., Aug 30, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2016

    Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.

    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.
  23. CarlJ, Aug 31, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2016

    CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    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:
    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).
  24. Three141 macrumors 6502


    Jan 1, 2016
    Would be interesting to know more about how they 'convinced him' as it sounds like they offered him a sum of money which he thought was a good deal at the time.
  25. dave2010 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2014
    Apple executive employees are required to get "hollywood smile" teeth bleaching.

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