Judge Koh to consider alleged jury misconduct in this Summer's Apple/Samsung case

Not only do Apple and Samsung have ongoing legal cases pending in jurisdictions across the globe, they also continue to battle it out in cases that seemed to have already been settled.

The legal saga between Samsung and Apple is seemingly never-ending. Not only do the two tech behemoths have ongoing legal cases pending in jurisdictions across the globe, they also continue to battle it out in jurisdictions where judgments have already been rendered.

As you likely remember, a jury this past Summer in the Northern District of California awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages after finding that Samsung's lineup of smartphones infringed upon a slew of design and utility patents.

Samsung, though, isn't one to give up so easily as the company is now alleging that jury foreman Velvin Hogan may have withheld pertinent information from Samsung attorneys while first being interviewed.

Apple of course disputes such allegations but Samsung managed to convince Koh to "consider the questions" raised by Samsung in that regard.

CNET reports:

Samsung argued that foreman Velvin Hogan didn't disclose during jury selection that he had been sued by Seagate, his former employer. Samsung said in court papers that Seagate and Samsung have a "substantial strategic relationship." The litigation with Seagate led Hogan to file for personal bankruptcy in 1993.

And so, a hearing is now scheduled for December 6 where Koh will take Samsung's allegations into consideration and determine if the information that was allegedly withheld is even material, and, if so, if the "concealment constituted misconduct."

"An assessment of such issues is intertwined with the question of whether and when Apple had a duty to disclose the circumstances and timing of its discovery of information about the foreperson," Koh also wrote.

For what it's worth, Hogan has said that he was never asked by Samsung for all of the lawsuits he had been party to, rather just the lawsuits he was involved in over the past 10 years. And seeing as how his dispute with Seagate was more than 10 years ago, Hogan has previously said that he didn't feel the need to disclose it.

And so while Apple and HTC recently came to an all-encompassing patent settlement that put an end to all of their ongoing legal disputes, Apple and Samsung's legal battles rage on.

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