Judge Denies Apple’s Bid For Samsung Sanctions

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amsung Electronics Co. representatives wait to enter the Robert F. Peckham Federal Courthouse on July 30, 2012 in San Jose, California.  The trial in the Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. patent battle begins today at a San Jose federal courthouse to determine if Samsung illegally copied technolgy used in Apple's popular iPhone and iPads. Apple is seeking $2.5 billion in damages.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

amsung Electronics Co. representatives wait to enter the Robert F. Peckham Federal Courthouse on July 30, 2012 in San Jose, California. The trial in the Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. patent battle begins today at a San Jose federal courthouse to determine if Samsung illegally copied technolgy used in Apple’s popular iPhone and iPads. Apple is seeking $2.5 billion in damages. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

CUPERTINO (CBS/AP) – A judge has denied Apple Inc.’s demands for an immediate victory in a multibillion patent trial as punishment for Samsung Electronics Inc.’s decision to issue a contentious press release on the first day of testimony.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s request after polling the nine jurors to determine if they read media accounts based on the press release.

Samsung attorney Michael Quinn authorized the release Tuesday, which complained about Koh’s exclusion of evidence favorable to Samsung. The release also included the evidence.

Apple charged the statement was designed to taint the jury. Quinn countered that Samsung has a right to release documents that are publicly available.

Koh said she’s satisfied jurors haven’t read any reports on the matter.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

 

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