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Apple sanctioned in Qualcomm case over withheld evidence

Apple filed its own lawsuit several days after the FTC complaint, accusing Qualcomm of monopolising the market for chips and wireless devices

Ian King & Kartikay Mehrotra | Bloomberg 

Apple sanctioned in Qualcomm  case over withheld evidence

A judge granted sanctions against Inc. for dragging its feet in turning over documents in the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit accusing Inc. of forcing the iPhone maker to use its chips exclusively. U. S.

Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Jose, California, ordered to pay $25,000 for each day that it fails to produce the evidence starting Dec. 16, a penalty equal to the profit the iPhone maker generated every 16 seconds in the last fiscal year. has until Dec. 29 to turn over the documents or face even steeper fines, according to a filing late Thursday. Apple, which isn’t a party in the FTC suit, said in a filing this month that it had produced more than 2.6 million documents by the Dec. 15 deadline and any dispute wanted to raise was premature. The FTC suit alleges that unfairly cut out competitors by making use only its chips in exchange for lower licensing fees. “We have already produced millions of documents for this and are working hard to deliver the millions more which have been requested in an unprecedented time frame,” spokesman Josh Rosenstock said. “We plan to appeal this ruling.” filed its own lawsuit several days after the FTC complaint, accusing of monopolising the market for chips and investors and management are on the look out for any signs of a breakthrough in the flood of legal disputes and regulatory actions the company is facing. The pile-up of cases and actions and the suspension of licensing payments by has hurt Qualcomm’s stock this year. That contributed to making it a takeover target by rival Broadcom Ltd., which is pursuing a $105 billion hostile takeover.

First Published: Sun, December 24 2017. 01:06 IST
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