07/30/2012 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
San Francisco – Two of the world’s largest technology giants have become embroiled in a legal battle over smartphone and computer tablet products. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), a trial involving a lawsuit brought by Apple Inc. against Samsung Electronics Co. for allegedly developing illegal knockoffs of its iPhones and iPads began Monday in federal court.
As noted in the report, the lawsuit was filed last year, with Apple seeking $2.5 billion in damages. Samsung was ordered last month by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose to pull one of its popular computer tablet products from the U.S. market until a determination has been made in the case.
Samsung lawyers are quoted by the AP as writing in their trial brief, “In this lawsuit, Apple seeks to stifle legitimate competition and limit consumer choice to maintain its historically exorbitant profits… Android phones manufactured by Samsung and other companies — all of which Apple has also serially sued in numerous forums worldwide — offer consumers a more flexible, open operating system with greater product choices at a variety of price points as an alternative to Apple’s single, expensive and closed-system devices.”
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