FORTUNE — “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” — Erich Segal’s Love Story.
Someone at Apple (AAPL) seems to have taken Segal’s sappy aphorism to heart, much to the consternation of London’s highest court of appeals.
Having lost a U.K. design infringement suit in July, the company was ordered to post notices on its website and in the British press to correct any impression the suit might have created that Samsung’s tablets were knockoffs of Apple’s iPad.
The first paragraph of Apple’s notice, still available here, did as it was ordered. But in five subsequent paragraphs the company’s statement not only quoted Judge Colin Bliss’ July ruling to the effect that Samsung’s tablets “are not as cool,” as Apple’s, but added this:
The U.K. Court of Appeals was not amused.
“I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this,” Judge Robin Jacob said during a hearing in London Thursday, according to Bloomberg. “That is a plain breach of the order.”
Apple was ordered to remove the offending paragraphs within 24 hours and add a three-sentence note on its homepage within 48 hours acknowledging the “incorrect statement.”
A lawyer representing Apple complained in court that the original order was “not designed to makes us grovel.” He also asked that Apple be given two weeks to make the changes.
His request was denied.