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Apple Can’t Mention Inadvertent Disclosure in Samsung Case – eDiscovery Case Law

Back in January, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP was sanctioned for their inadvertent disclosure in the Apple vs Samsung litigation (commonly referred to as “patentgate”).  California Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal handed down an order on motions for sanctions against Quinn Emanuel (in essence) requiring the firm to “reimburse Apple, Nokia, and their counsel for any and all costs and fees incurred in litigating this motion and the discovery associated with it”.  Many felt that Samsung and Quinn Emanuel got off lightly.  Now, Apple can’t even mention the inadvertent disclosure in the upcoming Samsung trial.

According to a story on Law360 (subscription required), U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh barred Apple last Wednesday from presenting evidence that Quinn Emanuel leaked confidential information regarding an Apple license agreement, saying that such testimony could prejudice jurors.  “The court believes any evidence [on the leak] could be irrelevant and a waste of time. It would confuse the jury and is outweighed by prejudice,” Judge Koh said. “Apple says it doesn’t intend to bring in any information of that violation unless Samsung opens the door.”

Judge Koh also came close to barring Apple from introducing evidence on the total revenues Samsung earned selling its products that are alleged to infringe on Apple patents. In their damages retrial in November where Apple was awarded $290.5 million (bringing the total awarded for infringing on Apple products to almost $930 million), Samsung’s revenues became a sticking point.  Although Samsung argued last week that Apple shouldn’t be allowed to bring up any of Samsung’s revenues or profits from the accused products, Judge Koh said she wouldn’t go that far. Apple’s damages expert uses many of those numbers in his calculations, and it would be “weird” to limit his testimony on income he considered in those calculations, she said.

For our previous coverage of the case, click here, here, here, here, here and here.

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