U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California spelled out—quite literally—his displeasure with Apple Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. on Thursday for requesting nearly $10 million in attorneys fees in an “exceptional” patent case.

Alsup indicated during a telephonic hearing that he’ll be approving a fraction of that amount—he didn’t specify how much—but warned the tech giants they’ll get zero if they ever submit such “abusive” and “disrespectful” requests again.

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