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Monster Sues Apple’s Beats over Headphones Acquisition

The line of high-end headphones, which Monster helped develop, was “fraudulently acquired” through a “sham” transaction, according to the lawsuit.

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 In a lawsuit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court Tuesday, Monster CEO Noel Lee said that his company was betrayed by Beats Electronics, the company behind “Beats By Dr. Dre” headphones, when the two companies parted ways in 2012, and that Beats has gone on to try to erase Monster’s contribution to its headphones.

“Had the partnership expired on its own terms, there would have been no transfer of Monster’s ‘Beats By Dr. Dre’ product line, including all development, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, distributing and retail rights” the complaint alleges. “Defendants also absconded with Monster’s global distribution chain, key retail relationships and intellectual property.”

Less than a month after the HTC purchase, Monster alleges that Beats repurchased half the interest HTC had just acquired.

“At that point, defendants had improperly acquired a company that had been built in a partnership with Monster,” the lawsuit alleges.

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