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Lawsuit Between Apple and Psystar Moves Toward Settlement 242

An anonymous reader writes "Psystar and Apple have agreed to alternative dispute resolution to keep the public eye away from their disagreements, and to reduce legal costs. This will eliminate any rulings that would set a precedent over Psystar's claim that Apple is violating anti-trust laws by tying Mac OS X to only their hardware and thus creating a monopoly. This could result in a profit for Psystar's business, but eliminate their line of open-computing Mac-compatible PCs. On the other hand, what's to stop a similar company from doing the same thing?"
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Lawsuit Between Apple and Psystar Moves Toward Settlement

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  • by Concerned Onlooker ( 473481 ) on Sunday October 19, 2008 @12:24PM (#25431719) Homepage Journal
    ...if Apple was the only company to make OSes and computers. As many around here are fond of pointing out, Apple doesn't even come close to having a majority in the market.
  • by larry bagina ( 561269 ) on Sunday October 19, 2008 @01:02PM (#25432069) Journal

    In the US (some other countries are different), the loser does not automatically pay legal fees. Sometimes, a successful plaintiff will receive legal fees as part of the settlement, though.

  • by unassimilatible ( 225662 ) on Sunday October 19, 2008 @05:16PM (#25434355) Journal
    I am amazed how ill-informed this entire thread is. This case is STILL IN COURT. It never left court. This is a non-binding process to help move the case along. This is not some secret maneuver by Apple to pull the wool over all of your eyes. It is not settlement. Non-binding arbitration merely gives parties an idea about the merits of their cases by a neutral arbitrator. His opinion is advisory. They will report the findings to the trial judge in court. Then the case moves forward, unless there is settlement, but settlement can happen in any case.

    It's amazing how colossally wrong an entire news story, submission, and long list of threads can be on an issue. Remember this when you criticize some judge for not knowing Linux or the Internet as well as you guys do, because said judge would look at this thread and say, WTF are you all talking about?

In English, every word can be verbed. Would that it were so in our programming languages.