Apple Knew Nothing About Jury Foreman Velvin Hogan In Samsung Lawsuit

Posted Dec 3, 2012

After Apple won the $1.05 billion patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung, it was discovered that the jury foreman actually had some personal issues against Samsung.  The jury foreman Velvin Hogan did not disclose essential information about his past.  Hogan was sued by Seagate Technology, which is now partially owned by Samsung.  Hogan did not disclose that he had filed bankruptcy in connection with that litigation.  During the post-trial interviews, jurors said that Hogan described his own participation in the patent process during the deliberations.  Hogan is a patent owner himself.

Samsung claims that Apple did not disclose what it knew about Hogan and when they knew it.  “In order to have a full and fair opportunity to reply to Apple?s ‘waiver’ argument, Samsung is entitled to know when Apple first learned of Mr. Hogan?s undisclosed Seagate litigation, including whether it knew of Mr. Hogan?s misstatements to the Court prior to Samsung?s post-trial motion and nonetheless concealed that knowledge from the Court,” stated Samsung’s lawyers on October 30th.

Apple disclosed that they knew nothing about Hogan.  When the jury selection took place on July 30th, Apple lawyers “became aware” that Hogan filed for bankruptcy through a public records search, but they never had pulled the bankruptcy court file.  None of Apple’s lawyers even knew about Hogan’s lawsuit with Seagate until Samsung brought it up in post-trial briefs according to Ars Technica.  The next step in post-trial action is a hearing that is scheduled for December 6th.