Apple appears to have paid up over "warrantless search" -

After Apple security staff searched a Sergio Calderone's house looking for an iPhone prototype, it seems that their victims have won some sort of out-of-court settlement.

According to Network World,  Apple has apparently reached an out-of-court settlement to keep a San Francisco man from suing.

At the time, his lawyer David Monroe and everyone else else was shocked by the warrantless search of the man's home, car and computer last summer by two Apple employees accompanied by four tame police officers.

Monroe said in December that settlement negotiations had ended and a lawsuit that would be filed within a few weeks.

After four months, Network World got on the blower and asked how his court case was going and Monroe refused to comment. However he refused to comment in the sort of way that a laywer does when the cheque they were given included an NDA.

In the case of Apple any settlement would include an NDA before any clause involving money.

Some sort of agreement was likely. In July last year Apple told the cops that a "priceless prototype iPhone" had gone missing from a San Francisco pub.

Apple traced it electronically to a home in the same city. Two days later six people wearing suits and one who professed to be a cop arrived at the homeowner's front door and ask to search the place.

The resident thought he was talking to half a dozen cops, let them in and let them search the house. The real cops stood outside but two Apple security staff entered the home and found zilch.

The cops later admitted to being involved and the home owner hired Monroe.

In November, Apple's chief of security, John Theriault was retired even though he looks quite young digging in his garden. Apple is not saying anything to anyone.