Originally Posted by Gatorguy
OK, here’s some actual evidence, comparing Microsoft, Google, and Apple, as of end-2011: http://izbicki.me/blog/measuring-corporate-evilness-by-scraping-litigation-results-from-google-scholar
First, note that the methodology is quite careful, not some random stuff pulled out of his wherever, like yours is: the author “…wrote a perl script called the litig-o-meter that searches google scholar for lawsuits involving specific companies. It graphs how many cases the companies have been involved in every year; whether those cases were at the circuit, appellate, or supreme court level; and whether the company was the plaintiff or the defendant. Essentially, it does a search for “allintitle: [company name]” of federal court cases and interprets the results.”
Second he’s very careful with his disclaimers and limitations, but also notes why it is unlikely to pose an issue here.
His main conclusion? (Brace yourself.) “Apple is even more startling. Whereas both Google and Microsoft average around 40 major lawsuits a year, Apple has only 4! This is despite the fact that Apple is a larger company than both Google and Microsoft by total assets, market capitalization, net income, and many other measures. In fact, out of the 20 companies that I analyzed, Apple had by far the fewest lawsuits of all of them. So, despite lots of press about Apple’s recent lawsuits, they’re actually historically a very non-litigious company. So, props Apple! We need more companies like you.”
Sure, you’ll respond by saying it does not cover 2012 and 2013. But it’s incumbent upon you to show us (with equivalently careful analysis) that things somehow did a 180-degree with Apple after 2011.
If you’re unable to provide equivalent counter-evidence, I truly hope you’ll stop with your persistent, annoying-- and frequently wrong -- anti-Apple, pro-Google crap.Edited by anantksundaram - 1/11/14 at 12:30pm