Are Apple and Google Exhausting Courts?
It seems judges across the country are just getting tired of all the court cases coming up between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), and manufacturers running Google’s Android. One federal judge in Florida believes the litigation is just a business strategy for the companies.
The case in Florida, overseen by U.S. District Judge Robert Scola, is connected to 180 claims by the two companies, of which 12 are related to patents and over 100 are over the meanings of terms. The case was first filed in 2010 and has since grown in size, rather than shrinking, even as issues were resolved.
Scola said that the companies “have no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute” and are using “litigation worldwide as a business strategy that appears to have no end.”
And he doesn’t seem to be the only one fed up. A Wisconsin judge threw out breach-of-contract claims last year from Apple against Google’s Motorola Mobility…
Apple and Google have been at odds for a while, since Google became a major competitor for the iPhone maker with its own release of the Android operating system. The courts don’t seem to be helping them resolves their issues as simply as they should, as there are lengthy appeals, retrials, and attempts to revive tossed-out cases.
In the future, courts may be more strict with the companies and make litigation a less favorable route for them to conduct business.
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