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Monster, who helped create the original Beats headphones in 2007, is suing Apple’s Beats Electronics in a San Mateo County Superior Court, USA Today first reported on Tuesday.

The suit, filed on Tuesday and discussed by Monster CEO Noel Lee at CES 2015, says that the Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre concealed the role of Monster and Lee in designing and engineering the headphone line, as well as educating them about engineering, manufacturing, distributing, and selling the headphones that Monster and Lee invented.

Furthermore, the suit brings forth that Monster lost millions from its investments as Beats rose to eventually be acquired by Apple for $3 billion in 2014.

Beats and Monster were in business with each other until 2012, until they both turned their backs on each other. HTC was also an investor in Beats up until 2013, when it put $300 million into the company until Iovine and Dre bought it back.

[USA Today]

  • BEDU

    Case wont stand a chance

    • All in all beats headphones were just (Overpriced) Monster headphones with a beats logo…

    • @dongiuj


      • BEDU

        If you educate someone on engineering, manufacturing, distributing, and selling, and let them run with the idea, its all your fault. I’d be surprised if he wins the case.

  • Jamessmooth

    Not surprising I guess, considering how they sue everyone.

  • singhay559

    Money money money money, money… (new jack city)

  • Oh look another company wants a slice of the pie. I’m pretty sure that by now Apple is used to being the target of multiple lawsuits…

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    Maybe some of the details are missing, but I don’t see a case here. It’s not infringement since the company began, according to this article, as a joint venture. That implies that the proper licenses were in place all the while until the relationship soured. Sorry monster, but you have no case.

    • Byron C Mayes

      Everything I’ve read — and I’m not saying I’ve done extensive research — about the Beats-Monster relationship suggests that while Beats may have been a bit smarmy, they did nothing that Monster hadn’t agreed to. Monster, despite being a known entity in audio space, was kind of “mom & pop” and may have been a bit lacking in the savviness area. Still, you don’t sign what you don’t understand.

  • Tom

    sound quality still sucks

  • Byron C Mayes

    Knowing the history of the Beats/Monster relationship, I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner.

    Oh wait, Beats wasn’t bought out by Apple until last May. I guess I get it now.