Judge Questions Apple’s Need to Keep its Secrets

Hundreds of companies nowadays file for bankruptcy, so this is quite a common process in federal courts. However, there is a unique bankruptcy case going on right now, which may reveal some interesting hypotheses. 

GT Advanced is the company which filed for bankruptcy. This company was supposed to supply Apple with screens for the iPhone, but the tech giant finally decided to work with another supplier, which was naturally a big hit for GT. The popular firm is now going bankrupt and Apple wants to keep this case a total secret. 

GT had a deal with Apple to start making sapphire used in the production of the screens for iPhone 6. The company in fact is specialized in selling supplies to make sapphire, which is durable and scratch-resistant. Well, before the release of the latest iPhone, it had been claimed that Apple will work with GT for the sapphire screens. 

However, without any revelations on this decision, Apple chose to not use the GT glass on the iPhone 6. This actually put GT out of business, as the company invested a lot in preparing to work with Apple, according to their standards. And that is not all. Apple and GT signed a very curious agreement. Apparently, Apple made GT accept a contract that would make them pay $50 million fine per incident, if any information about their business will be leaked. 

Naturally, GT is furious with Apple, but they cannot reveal anything to the public, being obligated by this contract to pay a huge fine, something they surely don’t afford. The company has already claimed that the agreement with Apple is “oppressive and burdensome.” 

What Apple wants is the bankruptcy case to be proceeded in secret. However, the judge in charge with the case seems to not be very happy with this. The judge overseeing this case showed skepticism over the secrecy requests. He asked Apple’s lawyer to provide him a list of the elements the company considers to be sensitive, by Monday. 

Judge Henry Boroff also claimed that the documents do not seem to contain much proprietary information. “I’m seeing what looks incredibly like a construction suit, where a homeowner says to the contractor, ‘It didn’t come out the way I wanted to,’ and the contractor says, ‘Well, it would have come out that way if you didn’t continue to change the specifications,'” the judge said.

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