We’ve met a handful of interesting judges in the course of Apple’s various legal disputes, including the UK’s Colin Birss, who ultimately ordered Team Cupertino to publish a public apology in Samsung's favour. Great stuff.
This latest guy is up there too, describing Apple and Motorola’s conduct as “obstreperous and cantankerous” (amazing), and threatening to throw the duo in jail for contempt of court (ok, not quite).
As Bloomberg reports, the current Apple vs. Motorola case involves “more than 180 claims related to 12 patents and disputes over the meaning of more than 100 terms”.
U.S. District Judge Robert Scola, for one, thinks the whole thing is ridiculous, saying: “Without a hint of irony, the parties now ask the court to mop up a mess they made by holding a hearing to reduce the size and complexity of the case. The court declines this invitation.”
Furthermore, Scola suggests that the entire case is little more than a publicity stunt, yelling: “The parties have no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute; they instead are using this and similar litigation worldwide as a business strategy that appears to have no end. That is not a proper use of this court.”
Damn straight, Scola. Sock it to them.