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UK court to make Apple say sorry properly over Samsung case

Apple has been ordered by a UK court to change a statement on its website it was ordered to run after losing a case against Samsung.

The court ordered that Apple write a “corrective statement” on its website that Samsung did not copy its smartphones and tablets.

Apple put up a notice on its website, but Apple added another five paragraphs that included quotes from the case judge who said that Samsung products weren’t as “cool” as Apple’s. The statement also included a paragraph where Apple said a German court ruled that Samsung did copy Apple. The extra paragraphs undermined key points of the original statement.

The UK Court of Appeal criticised the additions as well as the very small link at the bottom of its UK home page leading to the statement’s page.

“I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this,” Judge Robin Jacob said, according to Bloomberg. “That is a plain breach of the order.”

Samsung complained that the notice put up by Apple was “inaccurate and misleading” as it added comments about other rulings that had gone in favour of Apple.

The court has ordered Apple to re-write the statement within the next 48 hours and post this new statement directly on the home page.

Unsurprisingly, Apple’s lawyers denied there was any problem with the original statement and was also refused a request for a 14-day timeframe to make the changes to the website. The judges said that it shouldn’t take that long to make such changes.


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