I'm an iPod. I'm an X-Box. I'm Getting Sued

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I'm an iPod. I'm an X-Box. I'm Getting Sued

Sun Oct 19, 2008 @ 11:01PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Apple and Microsoft have lovely commercials that compare what it's like to be a PC and what it's like to be a Mac. Perhaps the two companies can retire the feud and trade litigation tips.

Apple is being sued by Luxpro Corp., a Taiwanese electronics company, for contract interference, attempted monopolization of the MP3 player market, unfair competition, and commercial disparagement. Luxrpo filed the case in Arkansas District Court and accuses Apple of illegal tactics to pressure retail partners to stop selling Luxpro's EZ Share MP3 player in favor of the iPod.

Meanwhile, Microsoft finds itself on the receiving end of a class action lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court alleging that an excessive number of Xbox 360 consoles have experienced general hardware failures that have become known around town as the "Red Ring of Death." The lawsuit accuses Microsoft of deliberately hiding the failure rate.

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