A federal judge has sanctioned plaintiffs attorneys at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy for disclosing confidential information in the case against Apple over allegedly throttling older iPhones.

Friday’s order by Judge Edward Davila of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose stopped short of Apple’s request to remove Cotchett Pitre principals Joseph Cotchett and Mark Molumphy from the case. But the judge provided more guidance on the protective order’s requirements and ordered that the plaintiffs’ attorneys deduct Apple’s costs from any potential attorney fees, which would exclude work related to the sanctions issue.

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