Remember when a court ruled that Samsung owed just a tad over $1 billion to Apple back in August? Yeah, that was a lot of money. However, it turns out that Judge Lucy Koh has voided almost half of that award down to 598.9 million. Plus, she's ordering up a new trial involving 14 of Samsung's products. Why? Koh says that "the Court identified an impermissible legal theory on which the jury based its award."
Koh is calling for a new trial to set revised damage amounts for the products affected by the "impermissible legal theory" of the judgment, which include the Galaxy Prevail, Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, AT&T Galaxy S II, Captivate, Continuum, Droid Charge, Epic 4G, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Tab, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, and Transform.
However, Koh believes that Apple may be affected with damages for sales not included in the original case, and there's a chance that Samsung can lower the amount it would owe to Apple. Specifics are pretty scarce at this point still, and Koh hasn't even set a date for the retrial, either, so we're not sure what to expect, nor what will happen.
The retrial may not take place until appeals of the original ruling have played out, which means that it's very likely that it will be awhile before the retrial gets under way and revised damages are announced. While we thought that the Apple vs. Samsung court battle might have been slowly coming to a close, it's picking back up to full speed now.
[via FOSS Patents]