Five questions about HTC’s role in the Beats lawsuit

Gigaom

On Turesday, Monster, the first manufacturer of Beats headphones, filed a civil complaint in California court alleging that Beats essentially swindled Monster when the two companies split in 2011.

It’s no surprise that [company]Monster[/company] and its CEO Noel Lee are suing Beats. It’s been clear that the separation wasn’t amicable since at least 2013. And Beats Electronics ended up being worth a lot – Apple paid around $2.5 billion for the company in May, plus another $500 million for the Beats Music streaming service.

Monster’s case may turn on the actions of another smartphone maker – [company]HTC[/company], which is mentioned 162 times in the complaint. Monster claims that the mechanism that allowed Beats to allegedly steal its intellectual property, suppliers and clients was based on a „change of control” provision in the original Monster-Beats deal which was triggered by HTC buying a majority stake in Beats in September 2011.

Monster says HTC purchased its $309 million stake…

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