Dr Dre hit with $25m bill for Beats headphones

28 Juin, 2018, 11:38 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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Billboard reports that Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will be ordered by a jury in a Los Angeles Superior Court to pay $25 million in Beats royalties to Steven Lamar for helping design the original Beats headphones.

The jury broke down the figure between the three models of headphones - awarding him over $7 million for the Studio 2/Remastered headphones, $14 million for the Studio 2 Wireless version and another $2 million for the Studio 3 cans. But that aforementioned settlement didn't sit well, as there appeared to be confusion regarding Lamar's royalties, and whether or not they encompassed just one Beats model, or was "inclusive of the celebrity-endorsed line of headphones that was later released". The lawsuit was filed four months earlier and does not name Apple as a defendant.

"The jury really validated our theory of the case, that Mr. Lamar was involved in the founding of Beats", Lamar's attorney, Stephen E Morrissey, said outside court. That is rumored to be changing in the future, though, with the rumor mill pointing to some high-end over-the-ear headphones coming down the pipe with Apple's branding on board. Based on earnings in the past fiscal year, it generates that much revenue, on average, every hour of the day.

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The 2014 sale of Beats was the biggest acquisition in Apple's history, worth $4b. The jury sheet broke down the damages in three parts.

Apple representatives did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment.

In 2014 rival Bose sued Beats claiming it copied technology.

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