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Samsung found in violation of US court orders

updated 09:10 pm EDT, Tue April 24, 2012

Samsung cops fine for delay in producing key docs

Samsung has been found in violation of US court orders, reports Bloomberg. The Suwon, South Korea-based tech giant was found to have violated court orders by US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in a San Jose court. Samsung has failed to produce internal documents that reference Apple's product designs and features in what may amount to a smoking gun if disclosed.

'The scale of Samsung's production and the burden placed on it by the compressed case schedule and the numerous claims at issue are not in doubt,' Grewal wrote in the order. 'That burden, however, does not negate Samsung's obligation to comply with no fewer than two court orders specifying the production of documents that reference Apple's products.'

Apple's lawyers sought and were granted some monetary sanctions against Samsung for its failure to meet the original deadline. However, the amount of damages Apple may have received were not disclosed in the court documents. Samsung issued a statement in response to the ruling claiming that it will comply with the latest court request by the new deadline.

'Samsung will respond in accordance with the court's order and produce the requested documentation within the timeframe provided,' Adam Yates, a company spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg.

The San Jose case is one of 30 suits and counter-suits launched between the two companies across 4 continents. As recently as today, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that he may have a preference for settling its lawsuits, but only if the companies at the center of its disputes could give assurances that they would stop imitating Apple's product design lead.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    did you guys read Ars Technica comments today?

    Lots of Apple haters on there, completely misinterpreting what Cook said, bringing Xerox Parc into it, MS, etc. Like NPR, they need an arbiter in there to get rid of the idiots who apparently have nothing else to do.
    This judge is PO'd... he know that Samsung has files on Apple just like Apple would have on Samsung. What about the "genius" who designed the Galaxies? Wasn't it a couple weeks ago he said his stuff was all original? What's he afraid of? Korean companies have lied for years, it's in their DNA.

  1. ASathin8R

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Same old Samesung

    What do you expect from a company that has blatantly stolen from can run Sammy, but you can't hide!

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Xerox was paid in full.

    @ Bobfozz - next time anyone brings up Xerox PARC, just remind them (gently) that Apple paid them for the right to develop mouse-driven GUI interfaces. Apple granted Xerox the right to buy pre-IPO stock in exchange for the rights to create a GUI-based computer.

    I wonder if Xerox still has that stock. LOL.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Xerox paid in full

    I wonder if Xerox still has that stock. LOL.

    Yeah, they would have gotten rid of that years ago. You know, the same way Steve Jobs dumped all the Apple stock he was awarded from the Next buyout, the first chance he had. Yeah, he had that much faith in apple too...

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Practically the model of objectivity. Uhh, sure Steve Jobs didn't have faith in Apple... He only devoted his entire life to the company. Literally.

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