Court filing provides peek at Apple's massive legal bill

A trial the scope of the one between Apple and Samsung in the U.S. doesn't come cheap. A new court filing offers a peek at its scale.

Just how much did both Apple and Samsung spend in their massive U.S. trial against each other? A new filing provides just a peek at Apple's going rates, and spoiler alert: it's a chunk of change.

As part of a procedural filing about how much Apple's law firm in the case, Morrison & Foerster, spent working on just a single motion requesting sanctions against Samsung, the firm detailed what 10 of its staff did by task. That includes hours worked, and how much everyone was paid for that time.

All told, the bill for just that motion rings up to $116,668.50 for nearly 232 hours of work, a figure that could come out of Samsung's pocket.

That tally, as the saying goes, is a drop in the bucket compared with the $1.05 billion damages figure the jury says Samsung owes Apple. It's also just a minor part of larger legal fees in the case, which included months of legal discovery and more than three weeks of trial time. Those few weeks brought plenty of expert witnesses, some of whom were paid as much as $1,000 an hour, and cost both companies millions.

The case is the main one between the two tech giants, which are once again set to go to trial in a separate, but closely related case about patents and portable devices that begins in 2014. In the meantime, Apple has laid out which of the devices from this trial that it wants banned from sale in the U.S.

Here's the full rundown from the filing:


Update at 8:24 p.m. PT: Not to be outdone, Samsung's firm Quinn Emanuel has filed its own similar paperwork detailing how much work went into preparing for three separate motions pertaining to sanctions the company wanted against Apple.

All told, Samsung's attorneys say they spent $258,200.50 working to prepare just the three motions. The highest paid among the group was Quinn Emanuel partner Marc Becker, who was billed $1,035 an hour, a third more than Apple's top paid attorney from the above filing. Nonetheless, the firm notes that its hourly rates are "consistent with prevailing market rates for attorneys of similar skill and expertise," as well as "rates charged by Apple's outside counsel."


Updated at 5:50 p.m. PT with additional background and once again at 8:23 p.m. PT with information from Samsung's similar filing.

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