SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is being fined $25,000 per day for missing a court-imposed deadline to produce evidence in a government lawsuit alleging that mobile chip supplier Qualcomm has been imposing unfair licensing terms on the makers of smartphones.
The fine imposed Thursday by a federal magistrate judge in San Jose is retroactive to Dec. 16 and will remain in effect until Dec. 29. If Apple hasn't produced the 1.3 million documents covered by an order issued in October, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins intends to increase the fine.
Apple says it has already produced millions of documents in the case filed against Qualcomm by the Federal Trade Commission and is trying to deliver the rest of the requested information. The company says it plans to appeal the ruling.
Qualcomm declined comment.