Judge Will Review If Apple/Samsung Jury Foreman Withheld Pertinent Info

from the probably-not dept

After the jury decision in the Apple/Samsung patent fight in the US came out, lots of people pointed to statements from the foreman of the jury, Vel Hogan, that raised serious questions about Hogan’s understanding of the legal issues at play, especially pertaining to prior art. It also suggested possible bias. Still, even with all of that, it’s very, very difficult to get a jury ruling thrown out on jury misconduct — but Samsung has unveiled one bit of info that Judge Lucy Koh has now agreed to review: whether or not Hogan needed to reveal that he had a legal dispute with Seagate, a former Hogan employer, who is also a major strategic partner of Samsung. Koh is also asking Apple’s lawyers to reveal if they knew this info, which Samsung’s lawyers did not.

At the December 6, 2012 hearing, the Court will consider the questions of whether the jury foreperson concealed information during voir dire, whether any concealed information was material, and whether any concealment constituted misconduct. An assessment of such issues is intertwined with the question of whether and when Apple had a duty to disclose the circumstances and timing of its discovery of information about the foreperson.

While this is an interesting move, and worth watching, I doubt much will come out of it. Hogan did admit that he’d had legal issues in the past with a former employer, but no one delved into who or why.

During voir dire, Hogan did disclose that he had been involved in litigation with a former partner when the judge asked him if he had ever been involved in litigation.

Hogan has noted, in response to Samsung’s allegations, that the judge didn’t ask for a complete listing of all the lawsuits he had been involved with.

Again, most of this aspect is just a sideshow to the eventual long series of appeals that will come in this case — and I doubt that the judge will find misconduct here. But just the fact that judge is considering it makes it worth following.

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artp (profile) says:

"Bring your own expert to work" Day

If Hogan causes trouble for this trial for anything, it will probably be for acting as his own expert in the jury room.

As PJ pointed out at Groklaw, it doesn’t give the opposing side a chance to challenge or rebut his arguments.

And from listening to Hogan and compatriots after the trial, Hogan really believes in his abilities – and so did the jury – over and above what was presented in the courtroom.

We will see what really happens with this, if anything, as the bar for jury misconduct is very high.


Re: Re: "Bring your own expert to work" Day

The real problem wasn’t the questions that he lied in response to but the questions that he wasn’t asked. These are questions that now should be part of the standard vor dire process for ALL patent cases.

They basically boil down to “Are you a wannabe patent troll?”.

The Seagate lawsuit nonsense is a sideshow, a distraction.

The real problem is that he had a Grade AAA prime cut conflict of interest. He has a vested interest in lowering the bar.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: "Bring your own expert to work" Day

“acting as his own expert in the jury room”

The case should be tossed based upon this item alone, but what about the jury not even coming close to following the judges’ orders? IIRC, the jury was given specific items to review, but the foreman decided they were not relevant.

ldne says:

Re: Re: Re: "Bring your own expert to work" Day

Just did, I don’t see where you get that drivel from, it may not be illegal but it gives the judge grounds to throw out the verdict and start over, which is hardly “fine”. Also, many courts require consent to follow judges directives during the jury selection process. In this case, you have a clown with a conflict of interest and inflated sense of self falsely presenting himself as a “patent expert” to his fellow jurors and tampering with the outcome, it’s pretty clear cut that the jury was compromised and therefore so was their verdict.

Tex Arcana (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 "Bring your own expert to work" Day

Hell, the JUDGE has been compromised from the get-go, as an Apple whore. She needed to step down long ago.

Perhaps our friend “Cosmo the God”, aka “Fluffy IS Zuul”, could correct this wrong…. and bring her down to the 99%-ER level, and book her a cardboard box at the Underpass Hotel… (?_(? ?)_?)

Anonymous Coward says:

The idea that 12 people should be allowed to give a insane amount of money away is fucked up.. They have no clue what they’re talking about. I could say yeah I know what I’m doing to award a small amount “by their standards” like 5 million but really I have no damn clue how much 5 million is.

I wish I did and who knows I might hit it big on the poor mans lotto aka scratch tickets. I sure could use that 5 grand jackpot. My black friend told me that’s what is known as being N***** rich lol.

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