This excerpt taken from the AAPL 10-Q filed May 5, 2006.
Lenzi v. Apple Canada, Inc. (filed June 7, 2005, Superior Court, Montreal, Quebec)
Plaintiff filed a purported class action allegedly on behalf of Quebec customers claiming false advertising and breach of warranty relating to iPod battery life. Plaintiff sought authorization to institute a class action on behalf of Generations 1, 2 and 3 iPod owners in Quebec. On February 2, 2006, the Court dismissed Plaintiffs motion for authorization to institute a class action. Plaintiff has appealed this ruling.
MacTech Systems v. Apple Computer, Inc.; Macadam v. Apple Computer, Inc.; Computer International, Inc. v. Apple Computer, Inc.; Elite Computers and Software, Inc. v. Apple Computer, Inc.; The Neighborhood Computer Store v. Apple Computer, Inc.; MacAccessory Center, Inc. v. Apple Computer, Inc.; Creative Online Computer Services, Inc., DBA MacOnline v. Apple Computer, Inc.; MacGuys, Inc. v. Apple Computer, Inc. (all in Santa Clara County Superior Court)
Eight resellers filed similar lawsuits against the Company between late 2002 and early 2006 for various causes of action including breach of contract, fraud, negligent and intentional interference with economic relationship, negligent misrepresentation, trade libel, unfair competition and false advertising. Plaintiffs request unspecified damages and other relief. The Company answered the Computer International complaint on November 12, 2003, denying all allegations and asserting numerous affirmative defenses. The Company filed an answer in the Macadam case on December 3, 2004 denying all allegations and asserting numerous defenses. Three of the other Plaintiffs filed amended complaints on February 7, 2005, and on March 16, 2005 the Company filed answers to these claims denying all allegations and asserting numerous affirmative defenses. A sixth Plaintiff, MacAccessory Center, filed a complaint on February 23, 2005. The Company filed an answer to this complaint on April 20, 2005 denying all allegations and asserting numerous affirmative defenses. On February 28, 2006, MacGuys and Creative Online filed complaints against the Company. The Companys responses to these complaints are not yet due. All of these cases with the exception of Macadam are in discovery and are coordinated (along with the Branning class action) in Santa Clara Superior Court. The cases (except Branning, MacGuys and Creative Online) are set for trial on November 27, 2006. On December 19, 2005, Tom Santos, Macadams principal and an original Plaintiff in the Macadam case, filed a Fifth Amended Complaint on his own behalf (not on behalf of Macadam) alleging fraud, violations of California Business & Professional Code §17200 (unfair competition), California Business & Professional Code
§17500 (false advertising) and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. The Company filed a demurrer to Santos amended complaint and a special motion to strike the defamation cause of action on January 20, 2006. Those motions were heard on February 17, 2006, and the Court sustained the demurrer without leave to amend as to one cause of action, overruled the demurrer as to one cause of action and sustained the demurrer with leave to amend as to two causes of action. The Court also denied the special motion to strike. Santos has not yet filed a further amended complaint. The Company also filed a cross complaint against Santos on January 20, 2006 alleging violations of California Business & Professional Code §17200, fraud and deceit, breach of contract, and violation of California Penal Code §502.
On October 1, 2003, one of the reseller Plaintiffs, Macadam, was deauthorized as an Apple reseller. Macadam filed a motion for a temporary order to reinstate it as a reseller, which the Court denied. The Court denied Macadams motion for a preliminary injunction on December 19, 2003. On December 6, 2004 Macadam filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the Northern District of California, which placed a stay on the litigation as to Macadam only. The Company filed a claim in the bankruptcy proceedings on February 16, 2005. The Macadam bankruptcy case was converted to Chapter 7 (liquidation) on April 29, 2005. The Company has reached a tentative settlement of the Macadam case with the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee. The Bankruptcy Court denied, without prejudice, the Trustees motion to approve that settlement on April 7, 2006. We expect the Trustee to re-file the motion to approve the settlement with further support.