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The furor over last month’s jury verdict in the patent infringement case between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung refuses to die down. Days after the Korean company cited jury misconduct and requested the court to order a retrial, Apple has asked the judge to deny Samsung’s request that all communication between the two companies and the jurors be barred.
On September 21, Samsung filed a petition with U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh asking that both companies be barred from “any further communication with jurors who served during the trial,” at least until the debate over the possibility of a new trial was over. However, Apple said in its own petition that it did not agree with Samsung’s request, especially since the Korean company had not revealed whether it had already contacted the jurors.
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“Apple has not done so to date, yet Samsung is seeking to preclude Apple from equal access to information,” the iPhone maker said in its court filing in San Jose, California, according to Bloomberg. “Nevertheless, despite the lack of any merit to Samsung’s request, Apple will not contact any jurors until the court resolves this.”
The jury found that Samsung infringed six of seven Apple patents, dismissed counter charges against the iPhone maker, and awarded it $1.05 billion in damages. Samsung responded days later by filing its claims of jury misconduct under seal, citing concern for the privacy of individual jurors. The Korean company said in its filing that “no reasonable jury” could support Apple’s arguments. Judge Koh has set a hearing for December to consider the post-trial motions filed by both sides.
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