We’ve posted a few damning articles in the past on jury foreman Velvin Hogan’s obvious bias against Samsung in their patent trial with Apple that resulted in Sammy getting hit with a $1 billion dollar fine. In countless interviews, Mr. Hogan revealed his role in influencing other jurors who were left hanging on the fence to side with him and Apple. According to him, this was thanks to his personal experience in dealing with patents firsthand.
But what you may not have known was that Hogan was once sued by the company Seagate (who he was at one time employed with) and can you guess who happens to be Seagate’s largest shareholder? That’s right — Samsung.
Apparently, Hogan failed to disclose small piece of information while the jury selections took place and now Samsung is attempting to get the entire verdict thrown out based on these findings. Samsung filed the new complaint today, asking for an all new trial take place to examine Hogan’s role in influencing other jurors and whether or not he relied on incorrect legal standards during deliberations. In a rare move by the one time foreman, Hogan declined to comment on Samsung’s allegations.
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TAGS: lawsuits , patent wars