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

Filing 840

ORDER Re Request to Change Time on Upcoming Discovery Hearings. Signed by Judge Paul S. Grewal on 3/29/2012. (psglc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/29/2012)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 11 SAN JOSE DIVISION 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 APPLE INC., ) ) 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, ) ) ) Defendants. Case No.: C 11-1846 LHK (PSG) ORDER GRANTING REQUEST TO CHANGE TIME Before the court is a request by the parties for three discovery motions currently scheduled for hearing on April 3 and April 10, 2012 to be heard together at a specially-set hearing on April 9, 21 2012. The April 9 hearing date would accommodate the scheduling needs of counsel who are 22 23 24 committed to argue the various motions. This request causes the court to reflect on past discovery motions in this case and the oral 25 arguments that have taken place. The court is struck by the absence – in more than 22 motion 26 hearings thus far – of argument presented by counsel other than senior-level partners. Despite the 27 court’s appreciation for the skill and attention paid to each of these past arguments, the court 28 1 Case No.: C 11-1846 LHK (PSG) ORDER 1 cannot help but note the absence of opportunity afforded to each side’s less experienced trial 2 attorneys. Just as there is value in lead counsel’s presence during a meet and confer session, there 3 is value in at least an occasional opportunity for a less experienced lawyer to gain experience 4 arguing in open court. Therefore, with respect to the pending request, the court will grant the 5 specially-set hearing of April 9, 2012, so long as each party agrees to present at least one associate 6 for oral argument on at least one of the three motions to be heard. If either party does not wish to 7 8 9 accept this offer, the court will hear argument on the motions as presently scheduled. The parties shall inform the court of their decision no later than tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. by contacting the United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 courtroom deputy to the undersigned. 11 Dated: 3/29/2012 12 _________________________________ PAUL S. GREWAL United States Magistrate Judge 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 Case No.: C 11-1846 LHK (PSG) ORDER

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