This week Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey dismissed the key claims in a lawsuit alleging that headphone maker Beats Electronics duped one of its early partners, 'Monster,' before negotiating its $3 billion sale to Apple two years ago, reports Billboard biz.
The summary judgment that was issued late Monday resolves the heart of a case that accused Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine of double-crossing former partner Noel Lee, founder of video and audio cable maker Monster LLC.
The allegations, made in a lawsuit filed last year, had been scheduled to go to trial next week. Now the trial will be limited to Beats' effort to force Monster to pay its attorney fees and other costs.
Last June Monster's general counsel David Tognotti called Apple a bully for ending their relationship due to the lawsuit. Tognotti specifically stated that "It shows a side of Apple that consumers don't see very often. Apple can be a bully." That was in response to Apple's chief litigation counsel telling Tognotti that their agreement was being terminated because the relationship between the two companies was no longer 'mutually beneficial' in the wake of Monster's lawsuit.
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