Last month, a jury ruled in favor of Apple in its ongoing legal showdown with Samsung and awarded the iPhone maker with $1 billion in damages stemming from Samsung's alleged willful violation of Apple's patents and intellectual property. As expected, however, Samsung isn't about to back down.
According to the latest reports, Samsung is prepared to fight for a new trial against Apple. The logic behind the request? Samsung claims "juror misconduct" was a factor in Apple's winning verdict. CNET summarized Samsung's argument Tuesday, noting how "interviews that jurors in the landmark case gave to news organizations provide evidence of misconduct serious enough to have influenced the verdict.
One document reviewed by CNET shows Samsung predicting its arguments will likely "subject all of the jurors to extra-judicial scrutiny and public criticism which they may find unwelcome and intrusive" and that both sides be "ordered to have no further contact with any of the jurors" for now. In addition, Samsung warns, "future proceedings on this matter may be compromised by further inquiries from the parties, the media and others, and attendant publicity."
Although Samsung is pinning its immediate hopes on a new trial, Apple-haters should not jump for joy just yet. "I think it's going to be a little tough" to overturn the verdict, Brian Love, a law professor at Santa Clara University, tells CNET. "You're looking for material or something else coming in that wasn't introduced at trial, a juror reading reports about the case and they're being influenced by outside forces."