Judge Grewal rips Apple for failure to produce documents in the Apple iPhone privacy case

Judge Grewal rips Apple for failure to produce documents in the Apple iPhone privacy case
U.S. Magistrate Paul S. Grewal, at a hearing Tuesday in San Jose, California told the plaintiffs in a case against Apple that they should seek sanctions against the Cupertino based company for its failure to produce documents in a timely fashion. The judge noted how Apple's production of documents doubled after the court got involved.  A number of documents and emails were handed over by Apple only after a review of how Apple produces these documents for court. The review came about two weeks ago when Judge Grewal asked Apple to submit a detailed account of how it determines which documents need to be presented to the plaintiffs. The next day, Judge Lucy Koh,who is presiding over the case with Judge Grewal, said that she could not rely on Apple to produce documents for the discovery process. Apple had made a blunder by using papers it did not turn over to the plaintiffs, in seeking the dismissal of the case. Apple's request for dismissal was obviously denied.

Apple attorney Ashlie Beringer was told by Grewal that it "doesn’t sound like you did a lick of work," when she was supposed to double check workers to make sure that the papers they withheld from the court were not subject to the discovery process. Beringer said that it was her mistake and she did not ask the right questions to determine which papers should have been collected by her and submitted to the court. The attorney said, "Absolutely that was a failure of management on my part, one that won’t happen again."

Apple is accused of collecting location data through the Apple iPhone even after the geo-location feature was turned off. The company purportedly sold this information to third parties. The plaintiffs seek class-action status which Apple is fighting. Apple says that because the plaintiffs can't show that their personal data was taken without consent, they cannot prove that they were harmed and thus class-action status should be denied. 

source: Bloomberg

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20 Comments

1. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

i know it

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Judge Paul Grewal is upset with Apple" It sounds funny! :D

4. ZeroCide

Posts: 812; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Who isn't upset with Apple?

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The million dollar question.

3. Rydsmith unregistered

This is going to get very bad for Apple, very soon. If they do not do what is being requested, it will only be a matter of time before the FTC gets involved.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It won't even get to the FTC. If Apple's attorneys piss off the judges enough, Judge Koh will just certify class action status and Apple will be f*cked. Right now, Apple hasn't proven there is no reason to deny class action status, and the judges are not exactly happy campers. Not a good place for Apple to be.

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

once Apple gives her a brand new iphone 5s and the judge will turn that frown upside down

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

You think that judge is so cheap?

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Aaah so that's how US justice system works right?

13. Aeires unregistered

Only so they can collect her personal data!

18. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So you believe Apple bribes judges? That works explain the absurd Samsung verdict.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I hope they lose so they change their ways with their "policies."

14. Aeires unregistered

Why would one of the richest companies need to sell your location data? Are they that greedy? It was bad enough they collected it when it was supposed to be turned off, but selling it was over the top.

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"Are they that greedy?" Ummm. In a word, yes. Your sole reason for existence on this Earth is to make the Plutocrats richer.

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Another day, another Apple's bad day. (I wonder what's Tim Cook doing right now) :|

19. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Looking at his options and shares and remembering how much richer he used to be.

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LOL Tim Cook only love $MONEY$

17. linkhatchet

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

That was a dumb ass move on Apples part. That just tells you something is up with them. God I hate Apple, for the love of god if there ever is one somewhere, please hear my prayer an strike them with your almighty awesomeness power. It will do everyone a favor.

21. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Where are the apologists? Suddenly, they are not trolling

22. MartianMe unregistered

I love this guy...Kill that motherf****r fruit.

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