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Qualcomm accuses Apple of breach of contract

When two or more companies in Florida and across the country enter a business relationship, a contract is signed by all parties that dictates the terms of the agreement. If one side believes that another is failing to uphold its part of the arrangement, it may choose to pursue restitution through litigation. Qualcomm has recently filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of breach of contract.

In the lawsuit, Qualcomm has accused Apple of violating the terms of service of a licensing agreement for software used in the production of chips for cell phones. The company claims that Apple has been dishonest in its dealings in an attempt to reduce the price of the chips. Qualcomm also asserts that it might have used its access to sensitive information to provide aid to Intel Corp., which is a rival in the chip-making industry.

The lawsuit also states that Apple has failed to adhere to other terms of the contract, such as the rejection of a request to audit operations. Apple, however, has accused the other company of unfair pricing and illegal leveraging. According to reports, the lawsuit comes only days after the company learned that Apple was designing devices that don't use Qualcomm's products.

When a company accuses another party of breach of contract, it may wish to pursue restitution through the civil justice system. Since contract disputes can be intricate matters, those who face a similar situation might benefit from speaking with an attorney in the initial stages of the process. An attorney in Florida can address a client's concerns, thoroughly examine the contract and assist in pursuing the best outcome possible during subsequent litigation.

Source: bloomberg.com, "Qualcomm Says Apple Breached Contract on Phone-Chip Software", Ian King, Nov. 2, 2017

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