3 October 2012Bloomberg:
Apple Inc. (AAPL)‘s billion-dollar trial victory in August was tainted by the jury foreman’s failure to disclose a lawsuit and his personal bankruptcy, Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) said in a request to a judge for the verdict to be thrown out.
Samsung said foreman Velvin Hogan was asked during jury selection whether he’d been involved in lawsuits and didn’t tell the judge that he had filed for bankruptcy in 1993 and had been sued by his former employer, Seagate Technology Inc.
I don’t really see what Samsung’s argument is here. It is Samsung’s lawyers job to kick out anyone they didn’t like in the jury selection process at the start of the trial.
Their argument is that Hogan lied because he did not disclose his involvement in a 1993 Seagate patent lawsuit. However, Hogan says himself that he was only questioned about related issues in the last ten years. 1993 is clearly outside that timeframe.