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Cook said the board is currently discussing Einhorn's proposal, and even called it "creative"

Apple CEO Tim Cook called David Einhorn's lawsuit against the iPhone maker "a sideshow," citing the number of media and television interviews Einhorn has participated in since it was launched.

Einhorn, an American hedge fund manager, is suing Apple over a proposed change to the company's charter that would throw out Apple's ability to issue blank check preferred stock per its judgment. More specifically, the lawsuit opposes how this charter change is packaged together with two other proposals in "Proposal 2."

Einhorn wants Apple to open up its fat wallet of $137 billion in cash and issue prepetual preferred shares that pay dividends to existing shareholders.

Cook said the board is currently discussing Einhorn's proposal, and even called it "creative." However, Cook has called the lawsuit and the number of media interviews surrounding the topic "a silly sideshow" and said it's "bizarre that we would find ourselves being sued for doing something good for shareholders."

"This is a waste of shareholder money and a distraction and not a seminal issue for Apple," said Cook. "That said, I support Prop 2. I am personally going to vote for it."

Einhorn is the influential investor that pushed for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's resignation back in May 2011. He said Ballmer was key in many of Microsoft's misses at the time, such as puchasing Skype for nearly twice its market valuation and missing the boat when it came to tablets.

Source: Reuters

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RE: LoL?
By Mint on 2/12/2013 8:58:27 PM , Rating: 3
You do remember that Apple got a $1B judgement, right?

That sounds like a pretty fat ROI on legal expeditures to me...

RE: LoL?
By seamonkey79 on 2/12/2013 9:38:13 PM , Rating: 3
Plus, think of all the money they don't need to spend on R&D when they can simply sue everyone, which forces them to spend R&D money, which Apple then quietly patents, puts into the OS three years later, rinse and repeat.

RE: LoL?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/12/2013 9:59:52 PM , Rating: 4
They were awarded the judgment, yes. Which will then be tied up in appeals for years, incurring more legals costs. If Apple actually sees a penny of that judgement in the next 5 years, I'll be surprised.

RE: LoL?
By tng on 2/12/2013 10:02:39 PM , Rating: 2
Which I am sure they have not received yet, and on appeal will probably be reduced.

Even if they manage to get half of that, I am not sure how their legal team is paid, but chances are they will get a large share.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
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