The representatives of Apple and Samsung are playing a game of cat and mouse while deciding what the jury should and should not be told about the case. On Friday evening, Apple stated that Samsung is slowing the process of reaching an agreement. To continue the finger pointing, Samsung later released a statement disagreeing with Apple’s remarks.
On Sunday, August 12, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued a court order in an attempt to expedite the process to keep the trial on schedule.
“The Court is disappointed by the parties’ respective reports regarding their meet and confer efforts on final jury instructions. Lead trial counsel shall meet and confer in person today and file joint and disputed final jury instructions by Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8 a.m.”
This order is unusual to have been posted on a Sunday. Legally, counsel might not have actually been required to meet because it is a Sunday, regardless of the court order. There is no word if counsel has met and if progress has been made.
Some think that Apple purposely made their statement on Friday accusing Samsung of slowing the process in order to make themselves look like the bigger person. However, in reality, both companies are to blame for dragging the case out. We’ll see if Judge Koh will straighten them out.