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.

  2. The point of the trial is to have your client pay you your fee.

    The point of theatrics is to give the impression to your client that the only reason you lost was because the judge was unreasonable.

  3. I smell that samsung lawyers tactics from over and over again pushing the limits (like showing the jury the courtroom before the trail against the judges orders) is to force a mistrial or put in grounds for an appeal.

    putting into record ” what’s the point of having a trial?” might be part of the strategy.

    appeals, mistrias will put in more months of waiting and allow samsung to continue to flood the market (worldwide) with copies. Just like in several other cases apple might then win and lose when the judge declares (as other judges have done with other android oems) that so many units are sold that ‘to protect the consumers’ samsung should continue to be allowed to sell (upgrade versions of the devices etc) .

    Monetary damages apple might win might be paltry as its near impossible to pin down how much samsung’s copies have impacted apple sales (other judges in other areas have given apple ZERO damages laughingly pointing out the billions apple has made and saying ‘how can apple be hurt’?).

  4. Hmmmmmmmmmm. Well let’s tell both sides of the story even if it is the assholes from Samsung. Anyplace else that you read the story it’s the Apple lawyers that are in trouble for messing with Samsung witnesses. Let’s be honest in our coverage if all we are going to do is repeat stories please. Respect your audience. Yeah, we all love Apple. But we expect stories to reflect what goes on in the real world. Respect your audience.

      1. That’s a tard not an tard. As an attorney I would expect you to have a better command of the English language. Any yes, speaking as a non-kiss ass fanboy, I do mean exactly what I said. And speaking of kissing ass, kiss my fucking ass! Okay cock sucker?

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