Both state and federal court systems here in Pennsylvania and across the nation have been hit hard by budget limitations caused by the poor economy. That doesn’t mean, unfortunately, that there are fewer disputes to be resolved -- only that the courts are jam-packed with cases. If there were no option but trial in those cases, the delays would be so long that there would essentially be no access to the courts, or justice.
In April 2012, the CEOs of Apple Inc. and Samsung were embroiled in a wide-ranging, international patent infringement dispute over smartphone design. Under pressure from a U.S. federal judge, the two CEOs agreed to attempt to settle the case through mediation. That attempt failed, the case went to trial, and a jury found that Samsung had indeed infringed on Apple’s patents. For that and another patent infringement claim brought by Apple, Samsung has been ordered to pay nearly $1 billion in damages.