Originally Posted by tecton
Yes he is an idiot, but his lawyers obviously think theres a chance to win.
Litigation in the 21st. Century isn't about "winning" any more. It's about settlement. There is a high cost involved in litigation and many companies will settle because it's far cheaper to do so, than to actually litigate the facts at issue.
I had the opportunity to buy an iPhone, my current phone is falling apart and I've wanted one since Macworld 07. However, I didn't purchase one because they're locked to A.T&T, a company with not such great coverage that I got rid of in the past, plus the battery is soldered to the board and not user friendly. ANYONE with a single ounce of common sense who deecided to purchase a new phone had the opportunity, both on-line and at the store, to ask all the questions and get all the answers just as I did. Caveat Emptor applies here and the lawsuit has no chance of success if actually litigated. The question is... Does Apple lose more for its shareholders by litigating, together with A.T.&T. to the bitter end, or, by giving away a discount coupon on a newer model down the road, which is probably what the lawyers will settle for... well, that and their fees which will be exorbitant as always. Probably the latter, then, the latter ensures healthy sales for the second generation of iPhones. Certainly, they'll never give away anything of value outside their own equipment.
The only people making money are the litigation attorneys here and while I don't like Bush's solution through litigation reform, there should be far stricter penalties for frivolous filings such as these.