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

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?

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.

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



1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

22. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 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.

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

7. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

the UK as well

9. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

14. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

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

17. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

20. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

29. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

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.

16. KickRocks

Posts: 279; Member since: Mar 22, 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

23. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

18. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

did anybody know how much lawyer get paid

19. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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!

21. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

24. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

25. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

26. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 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.

27. tsspro

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 18, 2010

30. emdot82

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 30, 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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