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How much did Apple and Samsung pay to battle in court?

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How much did Apple and Samsung pay to battle in court?
We all know that Apple is all about maximizing its profit margin, and we know that Apple won $1 billion in its lawsuit against Samsung, but Apple obviously had some fees to pay towards lawyers and experts and such, so just how much did Apple pay to win that case?

How much did Apple and Samsung pay to battle in court?
Apple's legal fee bill has come out, and it looks like, as usual, Apple's profit margin was pretty big. According to the court filing, Apple paid various people at the legal firm of Morrison & Foerster for about 232 hours of work, and the total bill came to $116,668.50. And, that was just for one motion to request sanctions against Samsung. So, the total bill for Apple is probably much much higher. Of course, there's a possibility that Samsung will have to foot the bill for Apple's legal fees. 

Samsung also released its bill from the legal team at Quinn Emanuel, and Samsung's firm claims that the hourly rates charged were not only "consistent with prevailing market rates for attorneys of similar skill and expertise," but consistent with "rates charged by Apple's outside counsel." The numbers don't quite bear that out though.

How much did Apple and Samsung pay to battle in court?
Samsung's court filing shows what the company was billed for 6 named lawyers and an unknown number of "contract attorneys" to prepare 3 different motions for sanctions against Apple. The first red flag was that Samsung's legal team spent 262 hours preparing those 3 motions, which is just 30 hours more than Apple's lawyers spent on one motion. And, Samsung looks to have paid a higher per hour rate, since the total bill came to $258,200.50. Of course, Quinn Emanuel partner Marc Becker pulled in $19,000+ for just 18.7 hours of work. We'd all like to get an hourly rate like that.

source: CNet

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posted on 31 Aug 2012, 13:53 12

1. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


If you think about a case while you're in the shower, it's billable!

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 16:18 1

22. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


All those krApple lawsuits are wasted money and innovations. Apple must pay Samsung legal fees first before they recieve $1 billion award by Crazy Koh.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 14:07 9

3. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


According to rational people you're deliberately trying to start a fight. You know this is true, I know this is true, and more importantly, SHE knows it's true.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 14:21 4

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


J&J's fraud on risperdal which earlier had a ruling in Arkansas for more than 1 billion dollar settlement is reduced to some 280 million in appeal ... a fraud with "public health" is a far bigger crime on any continent than allegedly copying rectangle with rounded corners on a phone and if that can get down to almost 1/3th let's see how much cash Apple gets to gain finally out of this battle in US. Elsewhere Apple is mostly on losing side as in Japan Apple ahs lost and has been instructed to pay the legal fees also.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 14:25 3

7. true1984 (Posts: 587; Member since: 23 May 2012)


the UK as well

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 14:46 12

9. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


America, America, America. The land of dreams....... Guess not this time. What is wrong with American judges?

Them judges need to learn a thing or two from Asian and European judges.

iFan, but i think this is getting ridiculous. I need to change my avatar. I'm so embarrassed to be an iFan at this moment. Good thing I don't live in America.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:13 5

12. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I dont consider you an iFan.

You seem to rational, open minded.

iFans and Fandroids are different than most of us fans of Android and fans of Apple and dont represent all Android, Apple users.

I am a fan of Android and Motorola....but not a fanboy. I actually dont like Samsung phones. But were and am rooting for Samsung because I dont like the way Apple does business. And it goes beyond the patent wars.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:21 2

13. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I have an Android phone, but I am always willing to try out a different OS - not iOS, since, well, you know....lol

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:22

14. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


sadly, most people in america have a price tag, and can be bought, even worse, our judges and government figures are no exception.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:38

17. roscuthiii (Posts: 1788; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


With the US economy the way it is at the moment, Apple is "America's Sweetheart" in the eyes of Big Business and the government. They're going to use it to continue selling a little bit of hope to the masses that they to can achieve the American Dream, while simultaneously living vicariously through Apple's successes. It keeps people showing up at their jobs and working hard if they have the notion that they too can command a $600+ billion dollar company they started in their garage with a buddy. They'll (along with the people that jump on the bandwagon and sound the trumpets) just keep pumping it up until it becomes unsustainable... much like we've seen with dot com, housing, and financial bubbles.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:54

20. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Enron ... $101 billion (in 2000) ... how much would that be by today's estimate ... and Enron collapsed big time :)

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 10:53

29. JC557 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


There's judge Posner and some other (though few) rational judges dealing with the likes of privacy and rights.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:29 1

15. Savage (unregistered)


Damn. That's a lot of money. There are gonna be some very prosperous lawyers out there if these two don't stop these childish games.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:32

16. KickRocks (Posts: 108; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Just plain freakin crazy!! Wow. If apple only spent that money on R&D maybe they could put out a half decent phone. Sheep say Baaaaaaaaaaaaa

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 16:31

23. bucky (Posts: 1380; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


its funny, the only ones bitching here are android emo's

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:43

18. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


did anybody know how much lawyer get paid

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:52

19. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2430; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


another gossip article.......wanting to know how much apple has obtained from innocent people.......yes we know that apple is the RICHEST company in the world.......and we also know that apple is the GREEDIEST company in the world!

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:59

21. tedkord (Posts: 4644; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The cost to Samsung and Apple combined posts in comparison to the cost the consumer will pay in last innovation and increased prices.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 17:40 2

24. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Like I said already, the real winners in these court cases are the lawyers.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 19:38

25. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


Lol I like how this article says "How much did apple and samsung pay to battle in court?" but the picture is just of apple.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 21:23

26. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


And how much did they pay for the jury? I know they're not a part of the legal team but hey, they're the reason why Apple won.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 21:32 1

27. tsspro (Posts: 19; Member since: 18 Jan 2010)


This is going to far.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57504756-37/apple-goes-after-galaxy-s3-note-in-new-court-filing/

posted on 02 Sep 2012, 03:21

30. emdot82 (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


I lost respect for apple thats why the last iPhone I bought was iPhone 3gs android just making better phones

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