MacRumors is reporting that Apple has filed a lawsuit against a teenager, Fei Lam and his parents, all of whom reside in New York City. Lam had been running WhiteiPhone4Now.com, through which he sold over $130,000 of white iPhone parts, to customers who wanted to convert their iPhone 4 into the white model, before it […]
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Apple Files Suit Against NYC Teenager Who Sold White iPhone 4 Parts, Settlement Possibly Already Reached

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MacRumors is reporting that Apple has filed a lawsuit against a teenager, Fei Lam and his parents, all of whom reside in New York City. Lam had been running WhiteiPhone4Now.com, through which he sold over $130,000 of white iPhone parts, to customers who wanted to convert their iPhone 4 into the white model, before it officially came to market. Lam was acquiring his parts through a second hand relationship with someone at Foxconn manufacturing.

Apple’s suit claims deceptive practices and the damaging of their brand and trademarks due to Lam’s activities. At the same time Apple filed the suit, they also filed a voluntary dismissal, which suggests that Apple could have already come to a settlement with Lam and his parents. They also request for dismissal without prejudice, which means Apple could refile the suit at any point going forward.

The damning evidence against the Lams, were the instant messaging exchanges Lam and an Alan Yang (business owner from Shenzhen, China) who was shipping the parts to Lam. Some of the quote show that Yang at times had difficulty shipping the parts out of Hong Kong due to the trademark issues.

As for the penalties the Lam family is facing, they include: permanent injunction which prevents further sales, hand over all of the profits they made, reimbursement of legal fees for the case, and additional financial penalties. However, with the request for dismissal in place, it’s anyone’s guess as to what Apple is actually getting from the Lams in a settlement.

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