updated 12:15 pm EDT, Wed October 22, 2008
Psystar: No settlement
People should not get the impression that Apple and Psystar are on the verge of a settlement, says a lawyer for the latter company. Colby Springer admits that the companies have entered into Alternative Dispute Resolution, but says this is just a program required by the Northern District of California, and should not be interpreted as a sign that any understanding has been reached. "Quite frankly, all the talk about entering negotiations is really a non-story," says Springer. "The case is very much alive."
Although a settlement is possible, ADR was imposed on the two companies by a judge, Springer notes, and may only continue until the judge decides no alternate resolution is possible. The outstanding court cases are expected to progress in parallel with ADR sessions.
Legal battles began when Apple sued Psystar over its Mac clones, which the former says violate the End User License Agreement for Mac OS X Leopard. Psystar then filed a countersuit, claiming that Apple has a monopoly over Mac sales which inflates prices and makes it impossible for others to do business. This charge was countered in a dismissal motion, but Psystar has since fought back by citing quashes of motions in similar Apple antitrust suits. A ruling on the matter is expected November 6th.