Judge grants Samsung more time to respond to allegations that they destroyed evidence

Last week, Apple filed a motion in the Northern District of California requesting that a "spoilation inference" instruction be given to the Jury in its legal battle with Samsung. Samsung, as you might expect, vigorously denied Apple's allegations and filed a motion seeking more time to respond to Apple's accusations. Recently, the Court granted Samsung's request.

Last week I reported that Apple, in early May, had filed a motion in the Northern District of California requesting that a "spoilation inference" instruction be given to the Jury in its legal battle with Samsung. Lying at the heart of Apple's motion were allegations that Samsung had wilfully withheld relevant evidence by maintaining an email system that would routinely delete emails after two weeks, even in the face of court orders that mandated potentially relevant evidence be saved.

Samsung, as you might expect, vigorously denied Apple's allegations and filed a motion seeking more time to respond to Apple's accusations.

Specifically, Samsung sought an extension on its reply date (from May 15 to May 29) while also seeking to push back the hearing on the matter from June 7 to July 10, 2012.

Last week, the Court granted Samsung's requests.

The court order reads:

Having considered the parties’ arguments and for good cause shown, the Court ORDERS the following briefing and hearing schedule:

1. Samsung’s Opposition will be due on May 29, 2012;

2. Apple’s Reply will be due on June 5, 2012; and

3. the hearing will be held on July 10, 2012.

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