Apple has dropped law firm Linklaters in its legal despute with the Beatles’ record label Apple Corps after the firm reportedly raised the possibility of a higher settlement than Apple expected. “The latest installment in a long-running series of legal scraps between the two sides had been due to go back before the courts in London this autumn. However, it now looks likely to be delayed as Apple’s new legal representative, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, gets to grips with its new case. It is believed that Apple decided to switch legal teams after Linklaters raised the possibility of a settlement said in legal circles to be close to US$35.65 million, far higher than Apple’s expectations.”