U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh warns Apple, Samsung to follow her rules

“Two days ahead of the first post-trial hearing in the patent infringement fight between Apple and Samsung, a California judge has signaled to lawyers for both companies that she expects them to follow her instructions and work by her rules,” Martyn Williams reports for IDG News Service. “In an order signed on Tuesday, Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, admonished both sides for their filings with the court.”

“Judge Koh had previously imposed page limits on the filings each company could make as part of the post-trial process,” Williams reports. “‘Despite this clear direction, both parties submitted voluminous documents with their post-trial motions,’ Koh wrote on Tuesday’s order. ‘The Court plans to strike from the record all of the material submitted in violation of the Court’s Order.’ She gave lawyers for both companies until Friday to refile their documents in accordance with her rules.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Sounds like Lucy had some ‘splainin’ to do.

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  1. Since she has had them refile as of the date of the hearing she can claim she needs to review everything before making any ruling. (She certainly can’t read filings ahead of time.) Thus she can put off making any ruling on the issues at hand until at least a month or two from now. It’s a way of not having to make any decisions for as long as possible.

    The only entity this helps is Samsung as no injunction will be handed down (if one ever will) until much, much later. It buys Samsung another couple of months (or more) to ship whatever they want into the U.S.

  2. Good for her. Apple & Samsung are just pushing the envelope, and she is making it clear that she is not having any of it. The rules of the court, along with the authority of its judges, are designed to ensure a fair process and a transparent and well argued outcome. You can think of this as a ball game where both teams are fielding extra players, ignoring the umpire and making the rules up to suit themselves. The umpire here has sent both teams off and postponed the game. As so she should.

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