Posted Aug 10, 2012 09:03 pm CDT
A hard-fought megabucks patent infringement battle between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. continues to strike sparks at trial in federal court in San Jose, Calif.
Lawyers for both sides regularly snipe at each other outside the courtroom, and an exasperated U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has taken on a “schoolmarm” role, scolding attorneys who misbehave and deducting time from their evidentiary presentations if they stray into forbidden territory during their arguments, Reuters reports.
In a recent exchange, name partner John Quinn of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan was rapped by Koh for referring to a pretrial order that blocked some Samsung product sales.
“That was improper,” the judge told Quinn, who apologized.
“I have a difficulty believing that was not intentional,” she responded.
Wistfully, the 44-year-old judge recently noted a lull in the ongoing onslaught between opposing counsel.
“You didn’t file any objections yesterday, and I was hoping that maybe you had settled,” she said.
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