Remains of the Day: Courtside seats

Some days, it seems as though Apple should probably just pitch a tent in the local courthouse. First the company tries to block the latest development in one suit, then it loses half of the money Samsung was supposed to fork over. Finally, there is a bright side, as one of the most recent lawsuits against the company is no more. The remainders for Friday, March 1, 2013 will hear the arguments from both sides.

Apple says iPhone tracking lawsuit doesn’t demonstrate harm (AppleInsider)

“Locationgate”! It’s been a while since that sweet, sweet word has reached our ears. But yes, the hottest news of 2011 is still going strong here in 2013. Apple has asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to prevent the related suits from attaining class action status, arguing that the plaintiffs haven’t proved there was any harm done. Ah, the classic “Objection! No harm, no foul!” move.

Apple’s award in Samsung trial cut down to $598 million from over $1 billion (The Verge)

Speaking of Judge Lucy Koh, you may recall she was also presiding over the Apple v. Samsung case. Judge Koh how now ruled that Samsung owes Apple “only” $598.9 million in damages, instead of the $1.049 billion originally decided upon; the remaining amount of damages will now be decied upon in—sigh—a new trial. The cut was due to “an impermissible legal theory on which the jury based its award.” As far as we can determine, that theory was “man, it really looks like Samsung just copied Apple’s stuff.”

Einhorn’s Greenlight Drops “Silly” Apple Suit (AllThingsD)

Greenlight Capital has pulled its stock suit, saying that it did what it was meant to do—namely, get Apple to remove its bundled proposal from the shareholder meeting. Geez, you could have just asked nicely.

iTunes refund after Bristol boy’s £1,700 spending spree (BBC)

A five-year-old British boy racked up around $2500 in in-app purchases; don’t fret, though, as Apple is reimbursing the charges. “To be honest,” his mother told the BBC, “I’m not sure how he did it.” I choose to believe that this kid is a hacker prodigy and that, some day, the world will turn to him as our only chance for survival against the encroaching hordes of the machines.

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