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This article was published on January 7, 2015

Monster sues Apple’s Beats Audio and founders Dre and Iovine

Monster sues Apple’s Beats Audio and founders Dre and Iovine
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

No better time to sue than after a multi-billion dollar sale has been settled, right? USA Today reports that Monster is suing Beats, saying that the technology behind the headphones was stolen.

According to the report, Monster claims that the Beats co-founders Iovine and Dre deliberately hid Monster’s involvement in designing and engineering its headphones, as well as the education the company provided for engineering, manufacturing, distribution and the actual sale of the headphones.

Monster CEO Noel Lee says that he and Monster invented the technology found in Beats By Dr. Dre headphones and that the technology was “pirated” away from the company. Convenient that Monster waited until now to assert this claim.

Beats and Monster worked closely together until 2012, when the companies walked away from contract negotiations that turned sour. HTC also invested $300 million in the company before the founders purchased the entire Beats company back in 2013.

Tech firm Monster sues Beats and founders Dre and Iovine [USA Today]