A Los Angeles judge has dismissed a case against two brothers who were accused of participating in a smuggling ring that authorities say brought millions of dollars of fake Apple products into the U.S., reports “Bloomberg Businessweek” (http://macte.ch/p3fuX).

Los Angeles County district attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said Friday that prosecutors asked for charges to be dropped against 40-year-old Edward Zahab and his 45-year-old brother, Bahram Zahab. The two men were arrested in February and accused of possession for sale of counterfeit Apple goods worth about US$280,000, says “Bloomberg Businessweek.” Gibbons says the charges were dismissed in the interest of justice, though the investigation is ongoing.

All of the iPad 2 tablet computers allocated by Apple Inc. for the Taiwan market were snapped up by locals on the first day of sale, as expected by market analysts, reports “The China Post” (http://macte.ch/gcN36). One retail chain said it also received orders for 1,000 units from customers who failed to purchase the new product from the first shipment, the article adds.