Court TV fans find plenty in Apple's 10-Q

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Apple provided an update to its growing court docket as part of this week's quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Among the many lawsuits detailed was its ongoing dispute with Apple Corps, the Beatles' record label. Apple Corps is suing Apple charging its entry into the music business violates Apple Computer's contract allowing it use of the Apple name. The case is now slated for trial in a British court next March, Apple said.

In another case, Apple said it has reached a tentative settlement in a class action claim over Apple's "yo-yo" laptop power adapters. A final approval hearing is set for Sept. 27, Apple said, adding that the agreement will not have a material impact on company results.

In addition to an EU inquiry into iTunes pricing, Apple said the company also faces a complaint from Union Federale des Consummateurs--a French consumer group-- which claims that Apple is violating consumer law by not mentioning that its iPod is not compatible with music from other online services and that it is tying sales of the iPod to its music store and vice versa. The company's response is not yet due, Apple said, though and initial hearing is scheduled for May 24.

A number of other legal actions are detailed, including the recent case filed by Tiger Direct as well as ongoing suits with Apple resellers and consumers.

Whilst on the subject of quarterly reports, one indication of just how well the Mac business is doing comes from Microsoft's 10-q filing. Microsoft's home and entertainment business got a noticeable bump just because of increased sales of the Mac version of Office. "Revenue from consumer hardware and software, PC games, and TV platforms increased $21 million or 10 percent compared to fiscal 2004 primarily due to strength in Mac Office," Microsoft said in its quarterly filing with the SEC.

Credit to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Todd Bishop for spotting this in his blog.

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