A judge granted sanctions against Apple Inc for dragging its feet in turning over documents in the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit accusing Qualcomm Inc of forcing the iPhone maker to use its chips exclusively.
US Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Jose, California, ordered Apple to pay $25,000 for each day that it fails to produce the evidence starting December 16, a penalty equal to the profit the iPhone maker generated every 16 seconds in the last fiscal year.
Apple, which isn’t a party in the FTC suit, said in a filing this month that it had produced more than 2.6 million documents by the December 15 deadline and any dispute Qualcomm wanted to raise was premature.
The FTC suit alleges that Qualcomm unfairly cut out competitors by making Apple use only its chips in exchange for lower licensing fees.
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