Samsung Hires Former U.K. Judge Who Slammed Apple

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acidic

im sure crapple is fabricating some sort of "evidence" "proving" that said judge was in samsung's pocket during the whole trial process. especially now seeing that their $1 billion "win" is getting cut in half and the original "damages" didnt get tripled like they had wanted. i love watching their stock go further down the shitter and love all the excuses they are coming up with as to why no new "innovated" products arent out yet. crapple is the whiny little bitches of the tech industry that cries foul and slings snot when they dont get their way or no one wants to play with them. it is great watching them die a slow horrible death like their faux deity lord jobs

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MaximumMike

I share your disdain for Apple, and at least some of it for Steve Jobs. Though I wouldn't mind seeing Apple's demise, I certainly don't celebrate in anyone's death, Steve Jobs included.

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Dantv

No respect for Scamsung and I've lost respect for Koreans!
Let N Korea take S Korea! Pull US troops out now!

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Caboose

WAT?

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Dantv

No respect for Scamsung and I've lost respect for Koreans!
Let N Korea take S Korea! Pull US troops out now!

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mysterymantis

I would say this sounds a bit fishy except that the ruling he made wasn't some over the top, clearly incorrect, no-one-can-figure-out how-he-came-to-this-decision, type of ruling. Apple was clearly in the category of wrong in every one of these cases, even in the countries that they won. No, this was not a controversial decision. The forced apology might have been, but the ruling was not.

This guy took one look at Crapple and said, "Well, no." And at the time, everyone was all like, "Hey, a judge that finally got it right!" (Except for Crapple and their army of fans with ridiculous amounts of disposable income). Now ya'll want to say his ruling was fishy because he was hired by Samsung after he stopped being a judge? If anything, I'd say him being employed by Samsung now implies nothing fishy about the trial at all. It be like running around screaming at the top of your lungs "I just murdered my girlfriend and this is the weapon I used to do it!" Something like this would most certainly trigger some form of investigation. If there was dirty laundry to be found, they wouldn't be hanging up for everyone to see like this. What could this guy be worth to them as an employee to risk the possibility of the ruling being placed under review and maybe even overturned due to new evidence of possible bribing? They already lost billions in one decision gone the other way, so he'd have to be worth more than that, and that is highly unlikely.

My guess would be that Samsung realized this guy would be valuable to them as a legal consultant in future battles with Apple (and possibly others) as we move more and more away from capitalist-style market competition to consumer-crushing single product dominance.

Now, if this were Apple hiring the US judge...

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cj100570

He's a former judge that's been hired by a company that had a case in front of him. There's nothing odd about that at all. It happens here regularly. Everyone from police officers to judges are quite often hired to provide "expertise" to litigants and prosecutors alike.

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warlok180

Of course this happens a lot. However, it just isn't...right. Wonder how everybody would feel if the judge on the $1 billion verdict joined Apple as a consultant. What would everybody think of that? Just wondering...

I guess if I was Apple, I'd probably be a little ticked off as Paul suggests in the title.

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Engelsstaub

You know "what everybody would think" here if this were reversed. The comment-section would be brimming with nerd-rage and more accusations of bought-justices.

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MaximumMike

But the comment section is already brimming with nerd-rage, so it wouldn't be very different. Although, I would gander that if I cruised over to MacLife and read the thread on this case I would find much more of the nerd-rage you were referring to there. But there's no question if the justice was bought in this case, just when.

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Engelsstaub

Actually there's no real nerd-rage going on on this story. Lately the biggest stories to get 3 pages of rage-commentary are the ones about Windows 8 rather than Apple.

Have you been to Mac|Life's website? The comment section is a ghost town. Nobody cares one way or another (or the readers aren't a lot of opinionated asshats like us ;) )

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MaximumMike

No, I haven't been there. I much prefer to hang with opinionated ass hats. :P

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Exactly.

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Peanut Fox

Ditto

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warlok180

Right!!

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gmvolk

Seems legit to me also. The former judge is providing expertise in legal matters. It would raise more concern if said judge was hired as a board member or officer of the company or something like that.

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MaximumMike

Also, the litigation the judge is advising with has nothing at all to do with Apple. The whole thing certainly seems to be on the line, but I can't say I'd go any further than that. It's not like Samsung's relationship with the judge precluded the Apple case, but rather grew out of it. Also, this would almost ensure that the same judge wouldn't hear any other Samsung patent cases tried in the UK. So, without some other really juicy nuggets, I don't think I could really get up in arms over this.

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MaximumMike

My eyebrows are certainly raised. Though I can't say it's any more than that at this point.

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