Apple recently won a patent lawsuit against Samsung in the US, and Samsung were ordered to pay Apple damages of $1.05 billion, Apple has been attempting to have the damages increased to around $1.8 billion US dollars.
Now it would appear that Samsung is trying to have the ruling overturned, and according to Samsung, one of the jurors in the case between the two companies was biased.
Samsung has said that the jury foreman Velvin Hogan, failed to disclose that he had been involved in previous lawsuits with Seagate, and he had filed for bankruptcy in 1993, Samsung says they have a relationship with Seagate and therefore Mr Hogan was biased.
“Mr. Hogan’s failure to disclose the Seagate suit raises issues of bias that Samsung should have been allowed to explore,” Samsung said in its request for a new trial. The company also said Hogan’s public statements after the verdict suggest he failed to answer the court’s questions “truthfully” to “secure a seat on the jury.”
Mr Hogan has said that he answered all the questions he was asked by the judge in the jury selection process, and he was only asked about lawsuits within the last 10 years.
Whether or not Samsung will be able to use this to their advantage remains to be seen, but if they do manage to get a new trial they will have to convince the courts that they did not infringe on Apple’s patents, something which they were unable to do in the original trial.