Remember the kid who brought the wrath of Steve Jobs upon him last fall when he started selling white iPhone 4 conversion kits directly from the factory in China? Well, Apple has now filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit against Queens teenager Fei Lam, who reportedly made $130,000 selling the kits through his site whiteiphone4now.com from August to November last year. Weirdly, the company has also filed a motion to dismiss the suit at the same time, which could mean a settlement is in the works but, as MacRumors points out, if granted Apple would have the right to sue Fei again.
Amazingly, Fei, whose parents are also named in the suit, is taking on the second-biggest company in the world without a lawyer, and he seems fairly savvy about it. Fast Company ran an interview today with the 17-year-old high school student, who told Austin Carr that he would meet with Apple's lawyers on his own. "I had a lawyer but I can't afford it anymore," Fei said. But he's been successfully keeping them at bay so far, so maybe he'll do alright: "I told Apple's lawyer that I'm sick and to meet when I get better. That was last week. I'm been handling the whole thing." Reports from November said Fei made $130,000, but he told Carr it wasn't that much. He wouldn't give the full amount, and said he doesn't yet know if he'll have to pay it back.