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Apple-Samsung billion-dollar legal duel continues

Published on Dec 5, 2012 11:39 AM
 
In a file picture taken on Sept 2, 2010 an Apple iPad is displayen next to Samsung's new tablet device, the Galaxy tab at Samsung's booth at the 50th edition of the IFA in Berlin. Apple and Samsung will face off in federal court on Thursday over whether a juror's own legal dispute wrongly led to the South Korean firm being hit with a billion-dollar patent damages award. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Apple and Samsung will face off in federal court on Thursday over whether a juror's own legal dispute wrongly led to the South Korean firm being hit with a billion-dollar patent damages award.

At the hearing before US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, Samsung will present a motion to have the US$1.049 billion (S$1.278 billion) jury verdict tossed out based on the jury foreman's undisclosed legal skirmish with Seagate nearly 20 years ago.

The foreman had worked for Seagate, a technology company in which Samsung owns a small stake, and wound up declaring bankruptcy after a court battle with his former employer.

Samsung hopes to convince Koh that the juror's experience influenced the August verdict, in what amounted to misconduct strong enough to have the outcome overturned.

 
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