Apple runs into setback in their attempt to get Google-Motorola merger documents

Apple runs into setback in their attempt to get Google-Motorola merger documents
Apple’s string of good luck in the pre-trial phase of their Illinois lawsuit against Motorola has careened into a wall. Back on March 5th the presiding judge in the case, Chicago U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner granted Apple a motion for discovery of paperwork covering the Google-Motorola merger. Motorola tried (and failed) to argue that since the deal had not yet closed, Google was not technically a party to the lawsuit and couldn’t be compelled to turn over documents.

Now it’s Apple who is running afoul of the judge’s ruling; Apple apparently attempted to force Motorola to hand over all information they had on Google’s development of Android. MMI refused, indicating that such a request exceeded the original ruling, since development of Android was not specifically related to the acquisition, and could obviously contain trade secrets.

Apple is clearly on a fishing expedition, hoping to find something incriminating among all of the Android communications between the two companies; Motorola’s plea to the court must have been compelling, as Judge Posner sided with Motorola, saying (Apple’s) motion is vague and overbroad and Motorola’s objections are persuasive.

Most likely there will be at least one more round like this, as Apple will presumably attempt to narrow their requests just enough to satisfy Posner, while casting as broad of a net as possible to try and fish up something they can use in court against Google this June, when back-to-back lawsuits will take place between the two companies.

source: Bloomberg Businessweek

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15 Comments

1. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

all i can say is that this sh*t is crazy

63. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

oh not really. PA has been trying very hard for past few weeks to make us beleive that apple has changed and does not work the way it used to in ijobs era. they havn`t changed a bit. apple is still run by a bunch of a$$****.

2. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Can't steal from android this time Apple. Apple should know all about prison terms for trade secrets as they took someone to court over trade secrets about Apple products. Haven't heard much about the case but PRISON was what they were pushing for.

3. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Apple thought it could take the 'oBey me Shē€p' approach with the Judge: Ha-Ha, iOverturned!

4. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Quick!!! Someone trademark and patent the phrases iJudge and iCourt before they do!!!

7. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Too late, already trademarked and patented; they will now sue you for unauthoriZed use.

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Why should APPLE CARE? Google purchase Motorola to buy their patents and to protech so giants like APPLE won't try to take anything away

11. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

I find this very interesting. I find the spin of the article even more interesting however. Apple has not done much in new technology lately. They have acquired new companies to finish development but not much has come directly from Cupertino. (Nothing wrong with the evolution that has taken place) It would seem that the development of Android would only concern them if they were thinking about what is coming and want to get ahead of it. Apple has a talent of taking existing tech and refining it and making it better and most of the time cooler.

16. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Now, who is apple to ask for their legal papers. This says apple is definetely scared of android & this merger

51. Phonatic

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

I don't even care that you hate android. That's fine. People are free to not like any OS, but please, all I ask is for full, complete, sentences.

52. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

What more could you expect from an apple fan

53. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

LMAO...wow didn't think what OS your phone is was so serious! Some people need a life! If the issue is that serious to you, at least get paid by Apple to act a fool! They might buy you a cheerleader outfit and pom poms, maybe even give you a free phone since your so dedicated. All OS have their benefits and hadicaps. NONE are perfect, it all comes down to what you want out of a phone, how much your willing to spend, and what carrier you prefer as well. Damn feels like an episode of old "Jerry Springer". LOL

61. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Hate on with your stupid a$$, I got plenty of haters one more won't make me no difference. If you hating on me then you must envy me. You got serious issues son! By the way I know broke people who rock Iphones too. You think an Iphone is all that whats so special about them now? Gen 1 and 2 where impresive. Get you one of them Ivibrate apps to relieve that stress.

62. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Umm, I don't really get what the article is saying, can someone explain to me what does Apple have to do with Moto and Google's merger?

64. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Apple is involved with a court case with Motorola, Apple wants Google's documentation on the development on Android and thinks they can get it from Motorola. Motorola said they can't give that to them because Google does not own Motorola yet and therefore Google is not a party in the court case and that Apple's request is for that documentation is outside of the original ruling.

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