Jury bombshell could eliminate Apple’s $1.05 billion victory over Samsung

“During the summer patent trial involving Apple and Samsung, jurors found that Apple was guilty of infringing on Samsung’s patents and awarded the company $1 billion in damages,” Louis Bedigian reports for Forbes.

“According to Computerworld, Lucy Koh — the judge that presided over the patent trial — will consider Samsung’s claims of jury misconduct,” Bedigian reports. “Samsung alleges that jury foreman Velvin Hogan was not truthful during the voir dire, a court procedure in which prospective jurors are questioned about their backgrounds and potential biases. Hogan neglected to reveal the fact that Seagate — his former employer — sued him in 1993 for breach of contract… At first glance, this might seem like an irrelevant bit of information. But in December 2011, Seagate acquired Samsung’s HDD business in a $1.4 billion deal that consisted of cash and 45,239,490 Seagate shares. ”

Bedigian reports, “Samsung may never know if Hogan purposely hid that information from the court. Only he can answer that question. But his admission — temporary or otherwise — could be enough to cause a mistrial. If that happens, the $1.05 billion verdict will be vacated, forcing Apple and Samsung to start all over.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Samsung’s grasping at straws, but predicting an outcome from the U.S. legal system is a fool’s errand. If we had to bet on anything, we’d bet that Samsung’s lawyers made sure Hogan was on that jury as insurance in the event they lost. Yes, it’s pretty piss-poor insurance, but it’s something, at least (Judge Lucy bought enough of it not to have dismissed it out of hand). And, judging by the evidence below, it’s quite likely Samsung’s legal team knew full well that their chances of losing were high.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

Related articles:
Samsung claims jury foreman ‘misconduct’ tainted Apple patent case – October 3, 2012
Apple calls Samsung’s allegation of jury misconduct ‘frivolous on its face’ – September 26, 2012
Judge Lucy Koh to consider whether foreman in Apple v. Samsung concealed info – November 9, 2012
Samsung goes after jury foreman in bid to reverse Apple verdict – September 26, 2012

63 Comments

      1. You need to get a clue about concentration camps vs internment camps. I don’t think the internment camps were America’s finest hour, but they were not places to carry out genocide.

      2. @botvinnik – I think you are the one not familiar with Hawaiian history during WWII. Hawaii did not round up and lock in camps their American citizens of Japanese ancestry. That only happened to American citizens of Japanese ancestry on the US mainland.

        @Abdullah – MDN has had many crackpots accusing Judge Koh, who is of Korean ancestry, of going easy on Scamdung, because it is a Korean company. I read MacheadB’s comment as being another slur on Judge Koh’s reputation. The MDN editors were also party to this slander. If Judge Koh ruled in favor of Scamdung on a particular point, she was reviled; when she ruled in favor of Apple on another point, she was lauded.

        @quiviran – You need to learn the difference between concentration camps and death camps. The Nazis had death camps for Jews and other so called “undesirables”, they also had concentration camps for other political prisoners. Other regimes have also had concentration camps, such as the Soviet Gulag system. Popular usage conflates the two when they were distinctly different.

        1. Very true as someone who has been to Auschwitz/Birkenau to see an internment camp as the same thing as that abomination is wanton stupidity. Its indicative of looking at things in a superficial way whatever the subject matter at hand.
          I would however be interested to know if you are claiming that MDN itself was reviling her because she is of Korean heritage, your words are not clear on this subject. MDN tends to revile anyone who gives a critical judgement upon Apple that materially effects it, unless its one of its own particular bugbears.

    1. And what basis do you have for throwing that live hand grenade out? NONE.

      The idea that a U.S. District Court Judge is helping out a foreign company in a hugely important and exceedingly public trial just because her heritage is Korean is stupid, racist, and without any basis in fact. Take your MacHeadB and shove it where nothing shines.

    2. “During the summer patent trial involving Apple and Samsung, jurors found that Apple was guilty of infringing on Samsung’s patents and awarded the company $1 billion in damages,” Louis Bedigian reports for Forbes.

      FOUND that APPLE was GUILTY?

      NO this SENTENCE is wrong. FOUND SAMSUNG guilty and AWARDED Apple of 1.05 Billion…

      WHO trying to RE-WRITE history here.

    3. She is the first Asian American United States District Court Judge in the Northern District of California, the first District Court Judge of Korean descent in the United States, the first female Korean American Article III judge, and the second Korean American federal judge, after Herbert Choy of the Ninth Circuit.

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        Truly disgusting.

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        Between the Kardashians and the Shopping Mall they wouldn’t know the ass from their elbow.

        1. Oh give me a break. The fact is that fewer and fewer people are identifying with the Republican party because they always put forth the “old white guy” as their candidate, and that’s just not who’s voting any more. The fact is fewer registered Republicans voted in this election than voted in Obama-McCain. So if you want to blame anyone, blame the Republicans who sat at home and watched Obama win.

          1. Can everyone, please, just not bother replying to the brain-dead vitriolic ravings of those such as the 14-year-old Ubermac. Most of us here don’t give a shit — while we’re on this site, I mean. Let them put their stupid little posts and ignore them. Nothing you can say will have any effect.

          1. The only brain dead people are dumb assholes like you who vote for a complete fraud like Oscumbo. The most disgusting president in US history.

            A Muslim hatemonger that has this piece of shit as man supporter.

            “Destroying America will be the culmination of my life’s work.” — George Soros

            1. I voted for Obama. He was the better option in this election. Tens of millions of people felt the same way. Tens of millions of people didn’t.

              You are an overachiever, Ubermac. Romney only managed to offend and alienate 47% of the American people. You just succeeded at dissing at least 49%. Congratulations.

  1. What does Seagate in 1993 have to do with Samsung buying it in 2011? If this had happened at the near the same time, I might be able too see a possible connection, but a decade later? Hogwash.

    1. But Apple ALSO has “strategic business relationships” with Seagate, don’t they?

      Even if they don’t, I can’t see how a judgement against Samsung is supposed to be some kind of retaliation by a juror against Seagate. Just doesn’t add up.

      This seems like total BS.

    2. He probably forfeited a bunch of Seagate stock options, which would have been worth something had he been able to exercise them and later cash them in. Just pure speculation on my part, though.

  2. Samsung are going to slowly claw the money back in other ways anyway. The prices they charge Apple for making A6 and A6X chips have gone up 20% since the judgement. $2.50 a chip X the Christmas numbers of iPads and iPhones = quite a lot of cash.

  3. This story needed a better editor.
    “During the summer patent trial involving Apple and Samsung, jurors found that Apple was guilty of infringing on Samsung’s patents and awarded the company $1 billion in damages,” Louis Bedigian reports for Forbes.
    Sam-whatever was found guilty of willful infringement to the tune of $1 billion dollars not Apple.

  4. This verdict needs to stand as a precedent; the amount of damages are nowhere near as important. Apple has already done more damage to Samsung by dropping a few supply contracts. If Apple can’t get them convicted with that do-everything-like-Apple PowerPoint, why even bother? Apple’s ideas will be free for the taking.

  5. OK, legal eagles. Let’s understand something. The juror had a legal obligation for full disclosure. He didn’t comply. Soooo…
    Now a judge has to rule on the validity of the verdict. Our legal system is fine. All of you Perry Masons only complain when the proceedings apply against Apple. A court is a level playing field. Lawyers make that playing field level.

    Quit whining. This is going exactly as it should.

    1. I read where the Q/A of a person’s background in this instance goes back 10 years. Further, it’s up to the lawyers to dig deeper if beyond this threshold rather than the onus being on the prospective juror.

    2. tbone,

      bull and $h1t During the jury selection phase, potential jurors were asked to disclose any litigation they had been involved in up to 10 years prior. Lets see, 2012 – 10 years, = 2002. The Foreman’s past litigation with Seagate was in 1993 Lets see again, 2002- 1993 = 9 years. The incident in question was 9 years prior to the disclosure date agreed upon by attorneys on both sides. SameDung doesn’t have a leg to stand on. They got to question the guy, and they approved him. Simple as that. Judge Koh, or maybe the entire legal system in general is at fault for not having an NDA for 12 months after the verdict for jurors.

    3. Wrong, tbone. Jurors are required to truthfully answer the questions they are asked. Jurors are not asked the “Tell me about yourself” questions you get in job interviews. These questions are specifically targeted to find out certain questions. Plus, in very high profile, high dollar cases like Apple v. Samsung, the attorneys know everything about the jurors before they even ask questions. It’s not like this was a lawsuit from another country.

      If Samsung’s lawyers didn’t know about this in advance and specifically ask him about it, then Samsung should file a malpractice claim against its attorneys. Or, as has been suggested, Samsung’s attorneys knew the information, specifically avoided asking about it, and kept it as a potential legal argument to get any verdict tossed out if/when they lost because they knew the case was stacked against them.

  6. The judge has to at least hear the complaint and investigate. From what I have read elsewhere, the jury questionnaire specifically asked about any involvement in litigation in the past 10 years. As his lawsuit was more than 10 years ago, you cannot said he lied about anything.

    1. She has to fully hear the arguments and give them proper attention, or her decision to throw out the motion could be reversed and remanded upon appeal, which would extend the case much longer than if she takes the time to let both sides argue it out now.

  7. Ding Dong: “That Jury Foreman guy talked to a girl who had a friend whose last name starts with the letter “T” who had a cousin who on the 5th of March stood at a window and seven geese flew by…”
    Judge Dohh: “Let me stop you right there, absolutely, I agree, I am calling a mistrial. People who watch geese fly cannot be trusted.”

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