Apple's Beats – Beats/Monster Lawsuit


(Hypebot) – LA Superior Court Judge William Fahey yesterday handed down a summary judgment that effectively dismissed the claims that Beats by Dr Dre had cheated Monster and its CEO Noel Lee out of a 5% share of the Beats brand.

A summary judgment issued in LA Superior court effectively ends the Beats vs. Monster lawsuit that alleged that Beats has denied headphone maker Monster a 5% share of Beats through a "sham" sale to HTC. the Associated Press reports. The lawsuit alleged that misrepresentations of Beats' future plans led Monster CEO, Noel Lee, to relinquish his stake in the company for a $5.5 million.

Eight months later, Apple purchased the Beats brand for $3 billion. Had Lee kept his 1.25% share, it would have been worth more than $30 million.

The case is will go to trial next week, but the only major issue left is a Beats motion to recoup attorney fees and associated costs.