updated 09:10 pm EDT, Tue April 24, 2012
Samsung cops fine for delay in producing key docs
Samsung has been found in violation of US court orders, reports Bloomberg. The Suwon, South Korea-based tech giant was found to have violated court orders by US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in a San Jose court. Samsung has failed to produce internal documents that reference Apple’s product designs and features in what may amount to a smoking gun if disclosed.
‘The scale of Samsung’s production and the burden placed on it by the compressed case schedule and the numerous claims at issue are not in doubt,’ Grewal wrote in the order. ‘That burden, however, does not negate Samsung’s obligation to comply with no fewer than two court orders specifying the production of documents that reference Apple’s products.’
Apple’s lawyers sought and were granted some monetary sanctions against Samsung for its failure to meet the original deadline. However, the amount of damages Apple may have received were not disclosed in the court documents. Samsung issued a statement in response to the ruling claiming that it will comply with the latest court request by the new deadline.
‘Samsung will respond in accordance with the court’s order and produce the requested documentation within the timeframe provided,’ Adam Yates, a company spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg.
The San Jose case is one of 30 suits and counter-suits launched between the two companies across 4 continents. As recently as today, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that he may have a preference for settling its lawsuits, but only if the companies at the center of its disputes could give assurances that they would stop imitating Apple’s product design lead.