Judge Koh to Apple Lawyers: Are You "Smoking Crack"?
August 17, 2012 9:45 AM
(Source: Comedy Central)
As with Motorola case, Apple is starting to get on the judge's nerves in its case against Samsung
Like a boss, Apple, Inc. (
) 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. (
), 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,
a courtroom reporter for
, "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 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. (
) subsidiary Motorola which Apple presented to
Judge Richard A. Posner
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
judge moonlighting in the
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
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.
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