THE CASE OF Apple vs Psystar has taken a strange turn with both sides agreeing to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
Basically this means that both sides have agreed to meet and work out a resolution in lieu of going to trial. This is called arbitration in Blighty.
Quite why this is happening is a mystery as both sides have sworn to burn the other. Psystar said it wants the right to continue flogging its PCs with OSX Leopard on board and Apple demanding the outfit is sued into a coma.
According to lawyers involved in the case the process will still require several months and could result in a secret negotiated settlement.
It is not clear which side has given up, and both claimed they had a strong case against the other. One scenario is that Apple wants to give Psystar a large amount of cash to stop making the Apple gear and go back to making PCs.
Since it does not want others to follow Psystar’s lead, the agreement will have a nondisclosure clause that will make it appear as if Psystar has backed down. µ
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