The iPhone maker recaptures the No. 1 spot after losing it to Google last year, according to the latest list of the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands.
Lawsuit accused Apple of luring away key engineers to work within a new battery division, fueling speculation that the iPhone maker has ambitions of developing an electric car of its own.
Judge Lucy Koh in August rejected the companies' initial $324.5 million offer to settle the case accusing four Silicon Valley giants of conspiring to stay away from each other's employees.
Apple and Google are among the companies accused of conspiring not to hire away each other's employees.
As part of its settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, T-Mobile will pay at least $90 million in customer refunds, as well as penalties and fines over complaints that it put bogus charges on customer bills.
After three previous settlement attempts, regulators say formal objections are the "logical next step" if the two sides can't come to an agreement.
After a district court judge rejected a $324.5 million settlement in August, the tech firms are hoping the Ninth Circuit will intervene.
US District Court Judge Denise Cote originally took issue with the settlement because Apple could end up only paying $70 million.
If you're a Google Fiber user and are suspected of downloading illegal content, you may reportedly find yourself on the receiving end of automatic demands for money.
After the tech giant agrees to pay millions in the e-book price-fixing lawsuit, the presiding judge says, "I'm concerned about the terms of the settlement."