Apple fighting dual legal battles

Apple fighting dual legal battles

Macpro Computers and the administrators of Buzzle Operation are engaged in legal action against the vendor

Apple is fighting separate legal battles with two resellers

Apple is fighting separate legal battles with two resellers

Apple is fighting separate legal battles with resellers, Macpro Computers and Buzzle Operations.

The Buzzle battle has been ongoing for a number of years,and harks back to 2001 when the reseller group was originally put into receivership. But in the newest exchange, Buzzle administrator Andrew Wiley is seeking $46.6 million from the vendor, plus damages, interests and legal costs.

Wiley alleges Apple breached Australia's Corporations Act by selling stock to the organisation while allegedly knowing it was insolvent. The court date for the hearing at the NSW Supreme Court is set for April 27.

The protracted battle with Buzzle has also included attempts by Apple to remove Wiley as the administrator. Wiley then pursued allegations that Apple had supplied Buzzle with defective stock..

Apple is also in a dispute with reseller, Macpro, over the trademark name "MacPro".

Macpro Computers, which has been in operation since 1983, has claimed entitlement to the name and filed an application for the word “Macpro” for computer hardware, software and computer consultancy services in August 2006.

On March 4, Apple filed an appeal in the Federal Court around the decision that was made by IP Australia on Apple's application to the Macpro trademark. In the decision Apple would be able to use the trademark for some goods and services, but not all which it had requested.

Macpro, Wiley and Apple were unavailable to comment on the ongoing legal proceedings.

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