It appears distributor Tiger Direct is trying to sue Apple over the Tiger brand name.
Tiger is the code name and promotional name for Mac OS x 10.4 - to be released April 29 2005.
Here is the link to the MacMinute story.
A couple of notes:
This codename has been floating around for almost two years now. It was confirmed by Apple that the next OS would be titled Tiger in July of 2003.
I don't see anywhere on the Tiger Direct website - a similarity to anything in the Apple marketing campaign. In fact, what I do see is a poorly laid out site (just take a look at their site map page) - it is difficult to navigate to say the least.
I once had a problem with a Tiger Direct order - where I paid for overnight shipping and the product didn't ship for 4 days. Then, at that, it was shipped 2nd Day. I did get a refund on the shipping, but had to purchase the item locally at a higher price to appease my customer. They advertise ... Same day Shipping as a site feature.
I have read many stories about Tiger Direct refurbs and customer service being sub par.
Apparently the biggest complaint Tiger Direct has with Mac OSX Tiger is that in the last few weeks, Apple has replaced them within Google searches for the word "Tiger". Tough! If Tiger Direct, a computer distribution company, who makes no products of their own original design, is making money off of the name Tiger then they are abusing and manipulating Google searches with keyword spamming. Keyword Spamming is such an internet bad boy tactic that eBay will suspend sellers that purposely try to mislead buyers by using unrelated terms in their descriptions.
From the dozens of forums that have popped up that I have read and from what seems to be the most accurate posts at Slashdot - Tiger Direct may be doing this for the publicity - as a stunt to get relatively free advertising. (Just the cost of the attorney to file the paperwork)
Tiger Direct issued a press release stating to be a long-time seller to both "PC & Mac users."
Tiger Direct's "partner list" does not include Apple, instead the following companies:
AMD, Creative, Intel, Microsoft - the one that sticks out in that crowd is Creative. Sim Wong Hoo - Creative's CEO - declared a deathmatch with Apple for the MP3 player market. We all know about Microsoft and Apple's recent revival of minced words. Intel's most recent blast against Apple is here. Conspiracy theories abound ... in the back of my head ... even the reseller lawsuit and Think Secret being behind this come to mind - it's so inconceivable that Tiger Direct thinks this has merit that I don't consider this 100% out of the question.
Don't forget that the Jackwhispers parent site maintains a complete list & link of known Apple related lawsuits. This section can be found here = Your Rights, The Law, & Litigation
I decided to turn this in to a feature story: More details can be found here or by going to the parent site's front page at http://www.jackwhispers.com
Webiste MacMerc posted the full set of court docments in PDF form: