Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
reports that Apple
has been sued
by Cupertino, Calif.-based Elite Computers & Software. The $5 million suit, filed last month in Santa Clara County Superior Court, claims breach of contract, unfair competition, false advertising and fraud.
Elite’s suit claims that Apple’s retail and online stores are taking its customers away. The company also claims that Apple has contacted Elite’s customers directly in a move to siphon business away from the independent retailer.
The suit alleges that over the course of the last three years, Apple has breached contracts with Elite by failing to provide goods, money and support. Elite also said that Apple has made business “unduly complicated, difficult and unreasonable,” as well. Elite also claims that Apple has recirculated defective parts as new ones and has provided defective diagnosis and technical support, as well.
Elite’s $5 million claim not only covers lost business but also “humiliation, repeated anguish and emotional distress,” according to the article.