Former Apple Dealers Move Protest to Web

By David Morgenstern  |  Posted 2004-03-31 Email Print this article Print

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A group of former Apple dealers hopes to bolster its legal action with Internet power. The group on Wednesday posted a Web site soliciting information from customers and insiders on the company's business practices.

A group of angry dealers on Wednesday launched a protest Web site against Apple Computer Inc. The resellers—currently suing Apple in Superior Court—are asking customers to help "uncover any skeletons that Apple is hiding." is the latest step in a series of lawsuits filed against Apple last year by a number of former authorized dealers. The complaints include charges of unfair competition and breach of contract.

According to Tom Santos, president of MACadam Computer Inc. of San Francisco and one of the former dealers in litigation, the site aims to collect information from both customers and employees. "We've heard things from former Apple employees that would make your head spin."

"Apple is [acting] just like Wal-Mart," Santos said. "All the big guys want to put the small guys out of business."

Santos said that while the discovery phases of the lawsuits are being coordinated as a group, each case is filed separately. Other plaintiffs include Cupertino, Calif.-based Elite Computers & Software Inc. and dealers in Oregon and Los Angeles. The next scheduled court hearing with Apple is a case management conference April 20, two days before the company's shareholder meeting in Cupertino.

Apple was unavailable for comment.

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David Morgenstern is Executive Editor/Special Projects of eWEEK. Previously, he served as the news editor of Ziff Davis Internet and editor for Ziff Davis' Storage Supersite.

In 'the days,' he was an award-winning editor with the heralded MacWEEK newsweekly as well as eMediaweekly, a trade publication for managers of professional digital content creation.

David has also worked on the vendor side of the industry, including companies offering professional displays and color-calibration technology, and Internet video.

He can be reached here.



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