Judge Suggests Apple Is 'Smoking Crack' With Its Witness List In Samsung Dispute

from the benchslap dept

While Judge Lucy Koh has been so far favorable to Apple in the Samsung/Apple patent dispute, she clearly got fed up today when Apple tried to add a ton of witnesses at the last minute, telling the company's lawyer that he was wasting the court's time in no uncertain terms:
"I am not going to be running around trying to get 75 pages of briefing for people who are not going to be testifying," U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told Apple's lawyer Bill Lee.

"I mean come on. 75 pages! 75 pages! You want me to do an order on 75 pages, (and) unless you're smoking crack, you know these witnesses aren't going to be called when you have less than four hours," Koh said.
She went further too, warning of possible sanctions:
"If it turns out I went through 75 pages for people who are not going to be called, I am going to think of a proper tax for that," Koh warned.
As with many of these big company vs. big company patent disputes, it seems that so much of the focus is just wearing each other down with paperwork. At least in this case, the judge isn't going to allow it.

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Aug 2012 @ 12:55pm

    the only ones going to win, as in copyright infringement cases, is the lawyers. the only ones that lose are the people, the customers that want to use the products. if one product doesn't do a certain thing that is wanted, the person buys a different make product. there are only so many shapes and functions a device is capable of, done in so many ways. it's about time companies started thinking about what they have done, what they are doing and what they want to do and how they can be stopped. it works both ways. Apple are one of the worst for using others innovations and using their financial might to win patent/copyright cases. if i was Samsung, however, and i lost the case, i would stop selling all my products in the USA and pull out of the country completely. Apple obviously wants to take over and the USA governments and courts love giving monopolies to their companies. i would let that be the case and i wouldn't go back either! but that's just me!

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