updated 10:00 am EDT, Wed March 20, 2013
Calls earlier concealment of documents 'unacceptable conduct'
US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has invited plaintiffs to file for sanctions in their ongoing lawsuit against Apple over location tracking, Bloomberg reports. The company was recently chastized for not showing compliance with a November order to turn over demanded documents in the case. Grewal has called Apple's behavior "unacceptable conduct," and notes that after he began overseeing the case earlier this month, Apple has "more than doubled" the amount of documents produced.
Following a review of Apple's document collection procedures, Grewal told Apple lawyer Ashlie Beringer that it "doesn’t sound like you did a lick of work" to check the results of document production. Beringer, though, claims that Apple has made "Herculean efforts over the last two weeks" to fix the situation, and that it has finally supplied all the requested documents. Bloomberg indicates that since the recent order, Apple has turned over more than 2,000 items.
The company has fought the release of some documents, claiming that it and the public could be hurt if the contents were "inadvertently released to the public or fell into the wrong hands." One example involves unredacted information on the app review process; Apple claims that, once, a developer learned the identity of a reviewer, and threatened to kill him at a conference. Grewal dismissed concerns after Apple admitted that none of the threats it was warning of had materialized.