Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al

Filing 493

CORRECTED OPPOSITION to ( 481 MOTION to Shorten Time for Briefing and Hearing ) filed by Apple Inc.. (Hung, Richard) (Filed on 12/13/2011) Modified text on 12/14/2011 (dhm, COURT STAFF).

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 HAROLD J. MCELHINNY (CA SBN 66781) MICHAEL A. JACOBS (CA SBN 111664) JENNIFER LEE TAYLOR (CA SBN 161368) ALISON M. TUCHER (CA SBN 171363) RICHARD S.J. HUNG (CA SBN 197425) JASON R. BARTLETT (CA SBN 214530) MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP 425 Market Street San Francisco, California 94105-2482 Telephone: (415) 268-7000 Facsimile: (415) 268-7522 10 11 12 WILLIAM F. LEE WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP 60 State Street Boston, MA 02109 Telephone: (617) 526-6000 Facsimile: (617) 526-5000 MARK D. SELWYN (SBN 244180) WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, California 94304 Telephone: (650) 858-6000 Facsimile: (650) 858-6100 Attorneys for Plaintiff and Counterclaim-Defendant APPLE INC. 13 14 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 15 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 16 SAN JOSE DIVISION 17 18 APPLE INC., a California corporation, 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Plaintiff, v. SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., a Korean corporation; SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS AMERICA, INC., a New York corporation; and SAMSUNG TELECOMMUNICATIONS AMERICA, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, Case No. 11-cv-01846-LHK (PSG) APPLE’S CORRECTED OPPOSITION TO SAMSUNG’S MOTION TO SHORTEN TIME Judge: Hon. Paul S. Grewal Defendants. 26 27 28 APPLE’S CORRECTED OPPOSITION TO SAMSUNG’S MOTION TO SHORTEN TIME CASE NO. 11-CV-01846-LHK (PSG) sf-3082459 1 Apple opposes Samsung’s Motion to Shorten Time for Briefing and Hearing. Samsung’s 2 Motion to Shorten Time, filed at 11:37 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2011, seeks a briefing 3 schedule that would require Apple to file its opposition to two separate discovery motions within 4 48 hours. After failing to make a good-faith effort to satisfy the Court’s meet-and-confer 5 requirement, and then misrepresenting to Apple that only one, limited motion would be filed on 6 Monday, Samsung should not be rewarded with a compressed schedule that would prejudice 7 Apple. 8 Samsung Intentionally Delayed Meeting and Conferring. On Thursday, 9 December 8, 2011, Apple filed a Motion to Compel Production of Documents and Things 10 (Dkt. 467), along with an Administrative Motion for Relief (Dkt. 463) from the “lead trial 11 counsel . . . meet and confer” requirement in Judge Koh’s case management order. Apple filed 12 the Administrative Motion because Samsung had refused to agree to a meeting of lead counsel 13 to discuss Apple’s issues on December 5, 6, or 7, 2011, and instead had represented that 14 Samsung’s lead counsel was unavailable to meet and confer until December 19, 2011. (See 15 Declaration of Mia Mazza in Support of Apple’s Opposition to Samsung’s Motion to Shorten 16 Time, filed herewith ((“Mazza Decl.”), ¶ 6.) Judge Koh granted Apple’s Administrative Motion 17 on December 9, 2011. (Dkt. 472.) This Court then granted Apple’s Motion to Shorten Time on 18 the briefing and hearing schedule for its Motion to Compel, setting the hearing on 19 December 16, 2011, with Samsung’s opposition brief due on Wednesday, December 14. 20 (Dkt. 477.) 21 On Saturday, December 10, 2011, Samsung’s lead counsel was suddenly available to meet 22 and confer on Samsung’s own discovery issues. (Mazza Decl., ¶ 3 & Ex. B.) Samsung 23 demanded that Apple’s lead counsel meet and confer less than 24 hours later, on Sunday morning, 24 even though Samsung was well aware that Apple’s lead counsel had left for Tokyo on Friday, 25 December 9. (Id.) Apple advised Samsung that its lead counsel would be arriving back in San 26 Francisco on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, and that he would make himself available on that date 27 starting after noon. (Id.) 28 APPLE’S CORRECTED OPPOSITION TO SAMSUNG’S MOTION TO SHORTEN TIME CASE NO. 11-CV-01846-LHK (PSG) sf-3082459 1 1 Samsung did not respond to this offer. Instead, on Monday morning, December 12, 2011, 2 Samsung advised Apple that it was going to file a discovery motion later that day, and asked 3 Apple whether it would oppose: (1) Samsung’s administrative motion for relief from Judge 4 Koh’s meet-and-confer requirement and (2) Samsung’s motion to shorten time. (Mazza Decl., 5 ¶ 2 & Ex. A.) In that communication, Samsung represented that it was filing only a motion 6 related to the disclosure of Apple documents to Samsung’s expert, Itay Sherman. (Id.) Samsung 7 never mentioned that it would be filing a second discovery motion, aimed at a variety of different 8 document production issues. (Id.) 9 10 Samsung’s Schedule is Unnecessarily Compressed and Would Prejudice Apple. Samsung’s current motion is entirely retaliatory. The Court granted Samsung nearly a full 11 week to prepare its opposition to the motion to compel filed by Apple on Thursday, 12 December 8, 2011. Samsung’s two motions raise a far broader scope of issues than Apple’s 13 motion, and yet Samsung asks this Court to require that Apple respond to Samsung’s motions in a 14 fraction of the time. Samsung argues that it had to “match the briefing schedule set by the Court 15 with respect to Apple’s motion,” but the proposed briefing schedule, which would provide Apple 16 with two days, instead of the six afforded to Samsung, does not come close to “matching” the 17 schedule this Court provided to Samsung. It would be prejudicial to require Apple to prepare and 18 file oppositions to two separate discovery motions, each dealing with complex issues of 19 importance, within 48 hours. 20 Samsung’s stated reasons for needing to have its motions heard on shortened time do not 21 withstand scrutiny. First, Samsung argues that if its motions were not heard on shortened time it 22 would “depriv[e] Samsung of information it needs for its claim construction briefing due on 23 December 22, 2011.” (Mot. at 2.) Samsung provides no explanation for this assertion; indeed, 24 Samsung itself admits that almost all of the requests relate to design patents, which are not the 25 subject of claim construction briefing at all. If Samsung had needed the requested documents 26 for claim construction briefing on December 22, surely it would have joined Apple in its attempts 27 to conduct a lead counsel meet and confer during the week of December 5, and it would have then 28 filed a motion, if needed, last week. In any event, Samsung asked Apple to produce a specific set APPLE’S CORRECTED OPPOSITION TO SAMSUNG’S MOTION TO SHORTEN TIME CASE NO. 11-CV-01846-LHK (PSG) sf-3082459 2 1 of filings and transcripts from the Motorola case for purposes of claim construction, and Apple 2 produced those documents – nearly a thousand documents – on November 23, 2011. (Mazza 3 Decl., ¶ 7.) Samsung informed Apple on December 11, 2011, that it could not locate four items 4 in this production, and Apple has agreed to produce those items as quickly as possible if they 5 were not already produced. (Id.) 6 Second, Samsung argues that if its motions were not heard on shortened time it would 7 deprive Samsung of opportunities to conduct “follow-on discovery” that will “allow it to prepare 8 for further depositions and other events in the case.” (Mot. at 2.) This assertion only highlights 9 the fact that Apple has already produced the core documents Samsung needs to defend its case – 10 more than a million pages of documents, alongside numerous physical models, prototypes, CAD 11 files, native source code, and similar items. The documents Samsung seeks are “follow-on 12 discovery.” Nevertheless, Apple has already agreed to produce most of the documents and other 13 information sought by Samsung in its “follow-on” requests. (Mazza Decl. ¶ 7.) 14 Third, Samsung argues that if its motions were not heard on shortened time it would 15 “prevent[] Samsung’s expert, Itay Sherman, from seeing confidential documents needed for him 16 to prepare his expert analysis and report.” Samsung and Apple, however, reached impasse on this 17 issue no later than November 1, 2011, and yet Samsung failed to file any motion on the issue 18 until now. Samsung’s own delay in raising this issue is not a valid reason to burden Apple with a 19 last-minute scramble to file opposition papers, let alone the additional burden this will place on 20 the Court to review and analyze this issue along with the others already on calendar for the 21 upcoming hearing.1 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 As a further argument in support of its motions being heard on shortened time, Samsung notes that “the Court is already hearing discovery motions on the date proposed by Samsung.” (Mot. at 2.) The fact that Apple has brought a valid discovery motion (not “motions”) on shortened time, after making an exhaustive, good-faith effort to meet and confer on the relevant issues (as confirmed by Judge Koh’s December 9, 2011, Order), does not provide a basis for Samsung to cram last-minute discovery disputes into the schedule as well. This is particularly the case here, where Samsung has failed to make a good-faith effort to make its lead counsel available to meet and confer on the issues raised in its motion, in violation of Judge Koh’s case management requirements. (See Apple’s Opposition to Samsung’s Administrative Motion for Relief from Lead Counsel Meet and Confer Requirement, filed concurrently herewith on the morning of December 13, 2011 (Dkt. 484).) APPLE’S CORRECTED OPPOSITION TO SAMSUNG’S MOTION TO SHORTEN TIME CASE NO. 11-CV-01846-LHK (PSG) sf-3082459 3 1 Samsung’s gamesmanship is compounded by a bait-and-switch on the scope of its motion. 2 On Monday morning, Samsung informed Apple that it would be filing a motion on the parties’ 3 dispute relating to Itay Sherman. (Mazza Decl. ¶ 2 & Ex. A.) Samsung’s filings late Monday 4 night, however, contain a second motion, seeking to compel production of a panoply of various 5 “follow-on” documents and things. Samsung failed to disclose its intent to file this second 6 motion to Apple in its Monday-morning communications. (Id.) 7 Responding to Samsung’s motions requires time – time from outside counsel and time 8 from Apple to review and approve the representations that will be made in the opposition. 9 Requiring Apple to file its response within a 48-hour period would be prejudicial because it 10 would force Apple to choose between being unnecessarily vague in its response or filing a 11 detailed response that may not be fully vetted. Samsung argues that the parties “have been 12 negotiating these issues for weeks and Apple is already well aware of the basis for [Samsung’s] 13 motions.” (Mot. at 2.) This is untrue. Apple does not understand why Samsung is filing a 14 motion to compel. Although the parties have been discussing many of the issues in Samsung’s 15 motion to compel for several weeks in regular meet-and-confer calls, Apple is not aware of the 16 basis for Samsung’s motion, as it has already agreed to produce nearly everything Samsung seeks 17 therein. Regardless, Samsung’s insistence that its discovery issues are ripe is inconsistent with its 18 own prior conduct. If the issues were truly well-defined, as Samsung claims, it would have 19 agreed to Apple’s repeated requests for a lead trial counsel meet and confer during the week of 20 December 5, 2011, or it would have joined Apple’s Administrative Motion for Relief from the 21 lead trial counsel meet-and-confer requirement last week. It did neither. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Apple is more than willing to respond to Samsung’s motion on shortened time – but this is far too short. Setting a hearing on Samsung’s motion during the last week of December or first week of January would allow Apple adequate time to: (1) prepare a response; (2) vet the response with all of the affected individuals; and (3) moot most of the issues in Samsung’s motion prior to the hearing by producing documents and things as Apple has already agreed it will do. APPLE’S CORRECTED OPPOSITION TO SAMSUNG’S MOTION TO SHORTEN TIME CASE NO. 11-CV-01846-LHK (PSG) sf-3082459 4 1 For the foregoing reasons, Apple requests that Samsung’s motion be denied in part and 2 that a reasonably accelerated schedule be set with a hearing during the last week of December or 3 first week of January. 4 Dated: December 13, 2011 MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP 5 6 7 By: /s/ Richard S.J. Hung Richard S.J. Hung Attorneys for Plaintiff APPLE INC. 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 APPLE’S CORRECTED OPPOSITION TO SAMSUNG’S MOTION TO SHORTEN TIME CASE NO. 11-CV-01846-LHK (PSG) sf-3082459 5

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