Psystar bails on bankruptcy, promises to 'battle Goliath'

05.07.2009
Psystar, the Mac clone maker embroiled in a legal dispute with Apple, asked a federal judge last week to dismiss its bankruptcy case, saying that it had been unable to reach a payment agreement with its law firm.

At the same time, Psystar said in a letter to customers that it is "again ready to battle Goliath," a reference to Apple, as it announced a new clone powered by Intel's Xeon quad-core "Nehalem" processor.

In the motion submitted last Thursday, Psystar asked a Miami federal bankruptcy court to dismiss the Chapter 11 case it initiated more than a month ago.

"As of the Petition Date, it was the Debtor's intention to restructure its operations to be able to produce a more profitable product and that way be able to meet its obligations and continue the litigation in the Northern District of California," said Psystar, referring to the charges that Apple leveled against it in July 2008 for installing Mac OS X 10.5 on its clones.

Psystar said that it had been unable to reach a payment agreement with its legal firm, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Carr & Ferrell. According to previously-filed documents, Psystar owed the firm , over a third of its total debt.

That, along with the court's ruling on June 19 that the case should continue, even though Psystar had filed for bankruptcy, was a one-two punch the company could not withstand. "In light of Debtor's inability to reach an agreement with its California counsel and the Court's granting Apple's motion for relief from stay, Debtor will not be able to restructure its operation and continue with the California litigation while in Chapter 11," said Psystar.