Monster Suing Dr. Dre Over Beats FiascoMario Aguilar1/06/15 8:26pmFiled to: beats by dremonsterdr dre11612EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Monster just sued Beats Electronics, manufacturer of ubiquitous Beats by Dre headphones, because Monster says it invented Beats, and that Beats stole its property and ran away. It's been clear for years that Monster designed the headphones, but does the company really have a legal claim to any of Dr. Dre's Monster money? We're about to find out. Beats by Dre sells millions upon millions of sets of headphones every year—headphones that were designed by audio electronics experts Monster. In 2012 Beats screwed Monster by walking out and setting up shop on its own, before being acquired by Apple last summer for $3 billion. (For a short while, HTC owned 50 percent of Beats before they sold it back, but more on that below.) At issue is whether that screw job was just a business deal gone wrong, or whether it was a violation of the contract between the two companies.