Apple’s Legal Thriller Gains a New Chapter

The legal shenanigans continue in the much-watched case between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics. According to Bloomberg: “Apple said it wasn’t aware during the trial that the foreman of the jury that issued a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung Electronics Co. was involved in a lawsuit with his former employer, Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX).”

Why Does This Matter?

The jury foreman, Velvin Hogan, was sued into bankruptcy by Seagate in 1993. Samsung owns a 9.6-percent stake in Seagate, a top hard-disk manufacturer, and maintains a “substantial strategic relationship” with the company, according to Bloomberg.

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The relationship between Hogan and Seagate and between Seagate and Samsung has obviously caused some bells to ring. Samsung is arguing that the integrity of the trial was jeopardized by Hogan’s failure to disclose this information, and that Apple may have intentionally withheld its knowledge of the relationship.

According to Samsung, “If Apple knew that Mr. Hogan’s statements were untruthful all along and stood silent in order to gain a tactical advantage from the seating of a biased juror, Apple’s misconduct would itself warrant sanction and relief and certainty must be disclosed…”

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