Tech giants Apple and Qualcomm had just begun trial last week when they announced an agreement to dismiss all lawsuits worldwide. Details of the settlement are scarce, but the deal includes Apple paying unspecified royalties for the use of Qualcomm's patented mobile chip technology for the next six years. Qualcomm will continue to supply Apple with mobile chips for its iPhone products.
In the early 1990s, Woody Allen was accused of sexually molesting his adopted daughter. Allen vehemently denied the allegations at the time, and he now contends that Amazon.com was aware of the allegations against him when it offered him at least $68 million to make four films for its movie distribution and streaming division. Allen filed suit against Amazon after it declined to release the first of the four films and canceled the remaining three.
Discovery is the crucial stage in the litigation process where parties seek to obtain the evidence they need to support their positions. Since parties may generally obtain "discovery regarding any matter that is not privileged and is relevant to the subject matter of the pending action," broad swaths of documents and information are often requested.