Apple has settled a lawsuit with a New York City teenager who sold more than $130,000 worth of unauthorized white iPhone conversion kits.
Fei Lam, a 17-year-old student from Queens, started a web site in 2010 called whiteiphone4now.com. The site advertised kits to turn a regular iPhone into the elusive white version.
Lam was able to do this because he secured a supply of white iPhone parts from Foxconn, Apple's supplier and manufacturer in China.
In November he told the New York Observer that he got a letter from a private investigator, likely hired by Apple. The letter said he was dealing in stolen goods.
On Wednesday Apple filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, saying that Lam was guilty of infringing on Apple's trademarks. The suit says Lam knew that he was never authorized to sell the white iPhone parts by Apple. Apple asked for damages and an injunction stopping lam from selling any more white iPhone parts.
Lam's web site is down, but on it he notes that his business was featured on CMMoney.com and several other news sites. The suit was dismissed without prejudice, and it isn't clear what settlement Apple got from Lam or his parents. A message left at the Lam household was not returned, nor was a call to Apple's lawyer.