updated 09:44 am EDT, Thu June 27, 2013
Apple v. Samsung draining time away from other parties
Apple has lost a motion to include the recently-launched Galaxy S4 among a list of infringing products in its second of two US lawsuits against Samsung. Adding another product would be a "tax on the court's resources," said Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in a ruling earlier this week. "Each time these parties appear in the courtroom, they consume considerable amounts of the court's time and energy, which takes time way from other parties who also require and are entitled to the court's attention."
A lawyer for Apple, Josh Krevitt, told Grewal that excluding the S4 "would require Apple to file a new lawsuit" because the products in the current case will be outdated by a planned 2014 trial date. Apple spokespeople have declined to comment on the ruling however, making it unclear if the company will indeed pursue a third US lawsuit.
So far only one Apple v. Samsung lawsuit has concluded, but even now the outcome is being contested. A $1.05 billion damages settlement was awarded to Apple last year, but citing jury error, District Judge Lucy Koh later lowered that total to $639.4 million. Koh has ordered a new damages trial in November for some of the products in the case.