Monster claims Beats hid its role in headphone production, files suit

Though it seems like the myriad of lawsuits involving Apple have died down a bit, it looks like the Apple-owned Beats is about to be embroiled in another. Tech company Monster has decided to file a suit over accusations that Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine failed to properly acknowledge Monster's role in designing the technology behind Beats headphones. From USA Today:

The suit claims that Iovine and Dre (Andre Young) pirated the headphones away from Lee and Monster. The suit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court,The suit charges that the Beats co-founders concealed the role of Monster and Lee in designing and engineering the headphone line, as well as educating them about engineering, manufacturing, distributing, and selling the headphones that Monster and Lee invented.

It will be interesting to see if this suit gains any traction, as Monster played a large role in designing the original Beats headphones, and even held a manufacturing and distribution deal with the company.

Source: USA Today

Dan Thorp-Lancaster