The rivalries between smartphone giants Samsung, Apple and Nokia are well known but Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan was condemned for going too far this month.
The firm and longstanding client Samsung have been ordered to pay rivals Apple and Nokia over £1.2m in damages after leaking confidential information.
Details of patent infringement bust-ups and licence agreements were all included in the leaks stemming from the US litigation boutique.
Quinn Emanuel tried its hardest to avoid being landed with heavy costs by the US court, attempting to reduce Apple and Nokia’s fee requests and asking to strike out seven specific sets but did not succeed.
It will be a bitter déjà vu for both the firm and phone giant, which was forced to pay out $1bn in damages to Apple in 2012 after infringing several of its designs.
Clearly too much communication can be a bad thing.
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