There’s nothing like a reported $3.2bn acquisition to drum up a lawsuit. Or two. Fresh from learning that Mog founder David Hyman is suing Beats for $20m, now another face from the company’s past is taking to the courts. Steven Lamar, formerly of Jibe Audio and SLS International, claims to be a co-founder of Beats Electronics, coming up with the idea of headphones endorsed by a music star, then hiring the company’s first design and manufacturing partners. Lamar has already been to court with Beats founders Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine once, in 2006, after the fledgling company decided to work with another manufacturer (Monster) instead, but settled the case. Now Lamar is suing Beats and other parties for breaching the terms of that settlement and various other alleged offences. With this, Hyman’s lawsuit and (possibly) the prospect of Monster returning to the scene – it too parted company with Beats after an initial partnership – it should perhaps come as no surprise that Apple’s acquisition of the company seems to be taking longer than commentators had initially expected.

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