How Steve Jobs Fooled the Leader of the Free World and His Opponents

In 2001 Creative met with Jobs to discuss a user interface for a new MP3 player Apple was releasing. They showed him what they had, Steve said, “no thanks”, and proceeded to use it anyway. Creative sued and got $100mil over it. So much for the revolutionary iPod.

via The World Warrior.

Like every company that Apple steals from (or the majority of them, since Creative is the only exception), no legal action was taken. However, after doing some more research it seems as if LG opted not to file a lawsuit because they could (and did) technically fire back by using similar Apple hardware designs – meaning if they were to sue LG for looking too much like an iPhone, LG could throw them under the bus for working too much like a Prada.