Samsung Denies Breaking Court Order in Apple Trial
Samsung USA's lead lawyer has been censured by a court for discussing publicly information which the court had ruled should not be admitted into its patent lawsuit with Apple. In a filing with the court, the lawyer, John Quinn denied wrongdoing by the company when it put out a short press statement citing the banned claim.
Apple is suing Samsung over allegations that it had copied the iPhone design.
Samsung had wanted to show evidence that its F700 smartphone was designed before the iPhone was announced, and also that Apple's own products were inspired by previous Sony handsets.
However, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that the evidence was too late in being presented and thus could not be admitted into the legal action.
In response, Samsung issued a short statement, which was later expanded upon and basically outlined the details which had been banned by the court.
Samsung's lawyer was brought before the court to explain who authorised the press release, which he defended as simply restating information that was already in the public domain.
He denied the company had acted in an unethical manner in issuing the statement.
In his filing, the lawyer wrote that "Contrary to the representations Apple‟s counsel made to this Court, Samsung did not issue a general press release and more importantly, did not violate any Court Order or any legal or ethical standards."
"These false representations by Apple's counsel publicly and unfairly called my personal reputation into question and have resulted in media reports likewise falsely impugning me personally." Mr Quinn added in the statement.
The trial is due to resume tomorrow (Friday).