Apple v. Samsung: Judge Koh loses cool over courtroom theatrics

“U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has had her fill of courtroom ‘theatrics’ and questionable legal maneuvering from both sides in the Apple v. Samsung patent trial,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET.

“Samsung’s lawyers have appeared to tax her patience more than their counterparts on the side,” Lowensohn reports. “Samsung has been sanctioned four times, mostly for failing to turn over evidence. In one notable exchange with John Quinn, one of the founders of Quinn Emanuel, the lawyer firm leading Samsung’s defense, Koh had to order him to stop talking. Quinn had begged Koh to reverse a decision regarding evidence she had decided shouldn’t be shown to the jury.”

Lowensohn reports, “Quinn not only begged but when she failed to grant his request, he snapped at her. ‘What’s the point of having a trial?’ Quinn told Koh as he raised his voice. ‘What’s the point?'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The point is to get your client to pay at least some restitution for what they have stolen from Apple and to stop them from stealing additional Apple intellectual property in the future. Any more questions, Johnny?

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  1. The more theatrics a lawyer puts up, the worse his case is. Just remember, he’s not playing to Judge Koh, he’s playing to the jury.

    He had better hope he doesn’t come in front of Judge Koh again for a long, long time. Judges have very good memories.

    1. Seeing as he (or maybe it was one of his minions) isn’t licensed to practice in this jurisdiction they’ll head back to Hazard County and won’t be back for while.

      1. You are thinking about law professor Susan Estrich who was a consultant in the case. She is a Fox News contributor and helped manage the Michael Dukakis campaign.

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