Judge Orders Apple to Remove "Untrue" Samsung Statement from Website

Paul Lilly

A U.K. judge took a verbal bite out of Apple for a court-ordered statement that appeared on its overseas website. In a previous ruling in the U.K. -- one that was held up in appeal -- Apple was ordered to take out newspaper ads and post a month-long message on its website clarifying that Samsung didn't infringe on any of its patents. Apple made good on that promise in a short, two-sentence paragraph, but then added four additional paragraphs condemning Samsung, including a lengthy court quote that described Samsung devices being "not as cool" as Apple devices.

"I'm at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this," Judge Robin Jacob said, according to Bloomberg . "That is a plain breach of the order"

The judge called Apple's overall statement "untrue" and "incorrect," a notion Samsung's legal team agreed with. In a filing with the court, a lawyer for Samsung said the notice gave off the "impression that the U.K. court is out of step with other courts." Apple obviously saw it a different way, noting that the ruling wasn't designed to punish the company or make Apple grovel.

"The only purpose is to dispel commercial uncertainty," Michael Beloff, a lawyer for Apple, told the court.

Be that as it may, Bloomberg says Apple now has 24 hours to add a three-sentence note on its homepage acknowledging "the incorrect statement" and link to a new notice, presumably one that won't rile up the judge.

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