By Anton D. Nagy | July 13, 2011 2:38 AM
And the Apple-Samsung lawsuit story continues after in the last episode Apple also sought to ban Samsung phone imports to the U.S. Market. The latest move comes from Samsung that wants some of Apple’s external lawyers removed from the case.
Samsung filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in which it explains that five out of ten lawyers from the company Bridges & Mavrakakis that represents Apple in the lawsuit against Samsung were in fact representing the Korean company in another patent lawsuit. The lawsuit was against Sony Ericsson and the lawyers had access to confidential information which would make them incompatible with the case.
According to the filing, “at least five of the ten attorneys at the firm of Bridges & Mavrakakis represented Samsung on patent litigation matters that are substantially related to the case at hand. <...> Collectively, these attorneys spent almost 9,000 hours, including time spent earlier this year, performing work on patent litigation matters for Samsung”.
Samsung also notes in its filing that the company has already brought up the issue with the law firm “on multiple occasions” but the response was negative, as “prior representations by its lawyers of Samsung were not related to the current litigation”.