I think its safe to say that a lot of us saw this coming as Apple gets a slap on the wrist from the UK Judge who ordered the company post a statement on their website that Samsung did not copy the iPad. Turns out Apple’s original statement, which did more to promote the beauty of the iPad than apologize to Samsung didn’t please the Judge. In fact, Judge Robin Jacob said “I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this, that is a plain breach of the order.”
The Judge’s first order directed to Apple to post a notice to correct any impressions that Samsung was copying Apple’s iPad. Apple briefly touched on that, but also added in the US judgment ordering Samsung to pay Apple over $1 billion US dollars as well as similar judgements in Germany.
A lawyer for Apple argues that the comments Apple posted were in line with the original order:
The notice “is not designed to punish, it is not designed to makes us grovel,” Michael Beloff, a lawyer for Apple, said in court today. “The only purpose is to dispel commercial uncertainty.”
Furthermore, Apple’s lawyers are trying to fight the design of the statement, saying the ruling “is not designed to punish, it is not designed to makes us grovel … The only purpose is to dispel commercial uncertainty.”
Apple’s request for 14 days to alter the comments were rejected due the Judge’s opinion that “This is Apple. They cannot put something on their website?” The Judge was referring to the length of time Apple requested to replace the original statement.
Bad Apple, bad.