The twisted tale of Apple's backdated stock options drew closer to its final chapter today, with a California judge dismissing the shareholder class-action lawsuit against the company over the allegedly improper accounting procedures. Unlike the SEC, which essentially cleared Apple, the court didn't rule one way or another on the actual backdating issue, but instead found that since Apple's stock price didn't suffer, there was no injury to the shareholders, and thus no basis for the lawsuit. That ruling leaves the door open for a second, amended lawsuit to be filed as part of another proceeding, but for right now, it looks like the only real fallout from the whole mess was the birth of Fake Steve -- and for that, we're not sorry one whit.

[Via AppleInsider]

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Apple options-backdating shareholder lawsuit dismissed