How did Apple Legal miss this? Under a 1999 law, any company who sells service contracts (think AppleCare) in the state of Washington must register with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Apparently, Apple somehow neglected to do this between 2000 and 2004, incurring a fine of $100,000. First France, then Norway and Sweden, and now Washington?
According to sources, this is not the first time Apple has neglected to follow the rules. It is widely known in the valley that Apple never tuned in its homework when it was in school, as it was too busy flirting with NeXT.