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As with Motorola case, Apple is starting to get on the judge's nerves in its case against Samsung

Like a boss, Apple, Inc. (AAPL) went out and poured money into recruiting top tier legal representation to sue its rivals.  In U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, this synergy seemed on the verge of succeeding after Apple's lawyers micromanaged to exclude certain high profile pieces of evidence from rival Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930), while allowing its own star exhibits.  But it appears that yet again Apple is brushing off on its attorneys, as they've found a way annoy yet another judge.

After enduring the seeming harassment of a 75-page briefing requesting 22 rebuttal witnesses for next week, presiding Judge Lucy Koh changed her tone, no longer looking to give Apple any courtroom promotion.  In fact the filing had Judge Koh inquiring whether Apple attorneys had been busy scoring some coke.

She asked Apple why they would present her the document "when unless you're smoking crack you know these witnesses aren't going to be called!"

But Apple attorney William Lee insists that he wasn't looking for the free crack giveway, commenting, "First, your honor, I'm not smoking crack. I can promise you that."

He argued that a couple of the witnesses on his lists were Samsung's.  As Samsung and Apple's legal teams then fell into a noisy legal argument, she exclaimed, according to a courtroom reporter for The Verge, "I'm billing time because you all are being unreasonable."

Judge Koh had already pushed both sides to cut down on the time of their arguments, saying the court could not devote itself to being a full-time Apple v. Samsung court.  Apple tested the waters last week, asking Judge Koh to allow a rebuttal witness, designer Susan Kare, after its early design witnesses had struggled under cross-examination.

Judge Koh
Judge Koh has grown increasingly frustrated with Apple's attorneys during the lawsuit against Samsung. [Image Source: IB Times]

But Apple said Ms. Kare couldn't return to court until next week due to "family matters".

Irritated, Judge Koh told Apple's team that unless Ms. Kare could come this week, she wouldn't be coming at all.  But Apple's lawyers apparently couldn't take the hint, requesting  even more witnesses for next week on Thursday.

That kind of belligerent filings and judicial frustrations strikes eerily similar to that encountered in the case against Google Inc. (GOOG) subsidiary Motorola which Apple presented to Judge Richard A. Posner, a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judge moonlighting in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).

Judge Posner initially seemed inclined to listen to Apple's infringement claims, but after Apple insisted on appealing every single decision -- even its own victories -- with a slew of junk filings, his sentiments shifted sharply.  With both sides quibbling and unable to reach a settlement, he decided the best course of action was to toss out both sides' cases.  He dismissed the lawsuits "with prejudice".

As Judge Koh experiences a similar "eye opening" experience regarding Apple legal's policy of irritating filings, one has to wonder whether Apple v. Samsung might face a similar fate.

Source: The Verge

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RE: The Only People Apple Pisses Off
By Reclaimer77 on 8/17/2012 1:14:37 PM , Rating: -1
I'm sorry you worship currency. It is the bane and downfall of mankind... greed, that is.

Well...I think that's going a BIT too far.

RE: The Only People Apple Pisses Off
By MrBlastman on 8/17/2012 1:31:41 PM , Rating: 5
I've looked at death in the eye, fearing only weeks/days/hours to live and survived. During this period I revised my viewpoint on many things in life--including the universe, time and space, physics, priorities etc.

The one thing, in all that time that I found offered me the least amount of comfort was... money. If I had died, what good would that money have done me? If I had lived--it might have made my life easier.

But, for what? It would require sacrificing time. Time that could be better spent on things that mean something to more than just myself and the rest of the world.

Don't get me wrong--I admire philanthropers like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet who seek to give away their fortunes in the form of trusts to better society. I think that is wonderful and great--and the right thing to do.

Most people, though, who lust after money, I find sacrifice many things in their life in pursuit of it. Things such as family (children especially suffer), personal time, society, morals, ethics and so on. All for what? A shiny car (BMW, Mercedes etc.), a giant house, a big screen television. Things that supposedly make them important.

When you're dying though--none of that makes you important. Just look at Steve--he was worth billions, yet, none of it did him any good. At best it bought him a few more years but that was all. He couldn't cheat death, not for all the money he had.

I know people who have given up their hopes and dreams just to make another dollar--just to get a little richer... only to come to the end of their days with a slap to their face realizing that they never got to enjoy any of it, only to die younger than they wished for failing to take care of themselves.

I'm a capitalist and a believer in the free markets. I don't, though, think that money should be anyone's central focus in their life. Greed leads to the worst coming out in people. They kill for it, trample for it, abuse for it and even destroy for it.

This is why I look at it the way I do.

Unfortunately, to see things this way, you almost have to look death in the eye--and that is an experience I don't wish upon anyone.

RE: The Only People Apple Pisses Off
By Dug on 8/20/2012 2:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with what you say, but not all people who sacrifice things in life to get money do so just for status.

They do it so they have enough money to do the things that are important to them and to provide for their family.

Even billionaires will go to work, because that is important to them. Not necessarily to make more money, that's just an affect of what they enjoy.

Like Tosh says, "I've never seen anyone frowning on jetski"

RE: The Only People Apple Pisses Off
By bupkus on 8/17/2012 2:41:57 PM , Rating: 2
Predating our modern urban environment people lived in tribal organizations. Then, instead of the anonymous disregard for others well being, people would share their bounty or even share their small gleanings. Those who did not would be considered by all to be outcasts undeserving of partaking in someone else's turn of luck in their hunting, gathering, etc.

Yes, I understand that it was our present specializations and institutions that gave rise to populations and abundance but these systems are just a small fragment of time to our many tens if not hundreds of thousands of years on this sphere.

We have not yet perfected a system of social order that balances opportunity with social and economic systems.If we had it was swallowed up by an unproductive greed for wealth and power. We now can see the failings of capitalistic predation left unresolved and the social and political instabilities left to fester.

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