Samsung wants Apple’s billion-dollar verdict thrown out, arguing it was tainted by the jury foreman’s failure to disclose previous litigation with Seagate Technology, a company in which Samsung is a major investor.
Jury foreman Velvin Hogan was asked during jury selection about his involvement in lawsuits and should have revealed to the judge he had been sued by Seagate — his former employer — which led to his filing for personal bankruptcy in 1993, Samsung argued in a court filing Tuesday, according to a Bloomberg account.
“Samsung has a substantial strategic relationship with Seagate,” the company said in its motion, “which culminated last year in the publicized sale of a division to Seagate in a deal worth $1.375 billion, making Samsung the single largest direct shareholder of Seagate.”
The electronics giant is seeking to have dismissed an overwhelmingly one-sided verdict handed down on August 24 by a San Jose, Calif., jury that found Samsung liable for about $1.05 billion in damages arising from software patents on mobile devices.
“Mr. Hogan’s failure to disclose the Seagate suit raises issues of bias that Samsung should have been allowed to explore in questioning,” Samsung said in a filing.