Apple NASDAQ:AAPL ordered by UK Judges to remove Untrue website posting

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Apple Inc. was criticized by UK judges for posting a notice on its website about a lawsuit with Samsung Electronics Co. (KS:005930) that was “untrue” and “incorrect.”

The UK Court of Appeal in London ordered Apple to remove the statement within 24 hrs and replace it with a new notice acknowledging its inaccurate comments.

“I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this,” Judge Robin Jacob said today. “That is a plain breach of the court’s order.”

The decision is the latest in a lawsuit that produced a July judgment in which another London court said the design for 3 Samsung Galaxy tablets did not infringe Apple’s registered design because they were not “cool” enough. Apple, based in Cupertino, California, was told by the same court last month to post a notice about the ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets did not copy the design of Apple’s iPad.

The court’s initial order was for a simple notice on its website about the 18 October judgment meant to correct the impression Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung had copied Apple’s product.

Apple’s post, criticized by judges Thursday, inserted 4 paragraphs including excerpts of the original cool ruling regarding the tablets’ coolness that appear to favor Apple and details of German lawsuits about similar issues that the court today said were not true.

The notice created the “impression that the UK court is out of step with other courts,” Henry Carr, Samsung’s lawyer, said in a filing.

Alan Hely, a spokesman for Apple, declined to comment on the ruling. Michael Beloff, a lawyer for the company, told the court the comments were in line with the original order.

The notice “is not designed to punish, it is not designed to makes us grovel,” Mr. Beloff said in court today. “The only purpose is to dispel commercial uncertainty.”

Apple’s request for 14 days to make the changes was rejected.

 

Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr.

Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr. writes and publishes The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report on the US Major Market Indices, a weekly, highly-regarded financial market letter, read by opinion makers, business leaders and organizations around the world.

Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr has studied the global financial and stock markets since 1984, following a successful business career that included investment banking, and market and business analysis. He is a specialist in equities/commodities, and an accomplished chart reader who advises technicians with regard to Major Indices Resistance/Support Levels.

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