Apple searched his home for errant iPhone; now he plans to sue
Talks with Apple have ended without a deal. "We're moving forward" with a lawsuit, the man's attorney tells CNET.
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Sergio Calderon, the San Francisco man whose house Apple security officials searched at the time, has ended negotiations with the company and is preparing to file a lawsuit, his attorney, David Monroe, told CNET today.
"The talks have ended and we're moving forward," Monroe said. The next step would be to draft a complaint to file in the next few weeks, he said, although he declined to say what what allegations the lawsuit would raise.
CNET's August report said that Apple enlisted SF police for help locating an unreleased phone that an employee had left at Cava 22, a Mission District tequila lounge, in late July. Apple internal security told police that the device was priceless and the company was desperate to secure its safe return, then led police to a house in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.
One of the six people who visited the house looking for Calderon said they would obtain a search warrant if he didn't agree to let them in, according to two sources with knowledge of the event. Calderon then voluntarily submitted to what he claims he believed was a search by police officers, but which in reality included Apple employees. In an interview with SF Weekly, Calderon voluntarily disclosed that his house was the one that had been visited.
Following a search of the house and garage, Calderon said he was offered a cash reward for the return of the phone of approximately $300, though was not told what the device was.
Last year, an iPhone 4 prototype went missing when Robert Gray Powell, an Apple computer engineer who was 28 years old at the time, left it in a German beer garden in Redwood City, Calif.