The legal battles between Apple, Inc. and Samsung Electronics have been epic by all accounts. For more than two years, these two mega-corporations have been in court. Earlier this year, Apple drew more than $1 billion from a jury verdict. Apple had sued Samsung over their use of copied iPhone features such as the finger pinch to zoom in a screen's content, as well as design specifics like the screen and its black, flat design.
Almost $640 million of that $1 billion verdict was upheld on appeal; however, a U.S. District judge ordered a new trial for the remaining money because she felt that the jury didn't calculate the amount correctly. With the $290 million in damages that a California jury just awarded Apple, though, the total due from Samsung is just under $1 billion.
Samsung, which manufactures Android phones, may find itself at the losing end of a permanent injunction. A U.S. District judge had already denied that motion by Apple, but she was ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to reconsider that ruling.
Several jurors who served on the case in a San Jose, California federal court said that they simply felt as though Apple provided them with more information. They wondered why Samsung didn't supply more.
It's likely that the case will be appealed, so the chances of Samsung paying out that much money in the near future are slim. However, it will be interesting to see if the injunction against Samsung for selling some of the older Samsung phones will move forward.
Business litigation can be very complicated; however, you don't have to own a company the size of Apple or Samsung in order to use the services of an attorney who specializes in business law. No matter what size company you may own, you must ensure that its interests are protected.
Source: businesstoday.intoday.in, "Samsung Electronics told to pay Apple Inc $290 mn in damages retrial" No author given, Nov. 22, 2013