Samsung employees allegedly swallowed documents containing legal evidence

By , May 5, 2014

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Following Apple winning its second trial in the US against Samsung for patent infringement, Vanity Fair is out with a piece extensively detailing the Apple and Samsung smartphone war that has been raging on for years.

It details the back-story behind the two smartphone giants and the public trial, like misconduct at Samsung revolving price fixing, then COO Tim Cook expressing his concern over infringement to Samsung president Jay Y. Lee in August 2010, and theorizes why Apple may win the battles but still lose the war…

The piece tells one especially interesting back story about South Korean investigators trying to raid a Samsung facility to look into price fixing with South Korean mobile carriers:

Before the investigators could get inside, security guards approached and refused to let them through the door. A standoff ensued, and the investigators called the police, who finally got them inside after a 30-minute delay. Curious about what had been happening in the plant as they cooled their heels outside, the officials seized video from internal security cameras. What they saw was almost beyond belief.

Samsung employees didn’t want investigators to find what was inside:

Upon getting word that investigators were outside, employees at the plant began destroying documents and switching computers, replacing the ones that were being used—and might have damaging material on them—with others.

Apple lawyers were amused by the instance when they heard about employees eating paper:

A year later, Korean newspapers reported that the government had fined Samsung for obstructing the investigation at the facility. At the time, a legal team representing Apple was in Seoul to take depositions in the Samsung case, and they read about the standoff. From what they heard, one of the Samsung employees there had even swallowed documents before the investigators were allowed in. That certainly didn’t bode well for Apple’s case; how, the Apple lawyers said half-jokingly among themselves, could they possibly compete in a legal forum with employees who were so loyal to the company that they were willing to eat incriminating evidence?

With the smartphone war raging on, it’s a good piece to read.

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  • jocastro

    figures

  • Maxim∑

    Must be great being a lawyer for Apple

  • Jeffrey

    holy crap the jerks that they are!!! it’s like they’re developing a mass destruction weapon that nobody is supposed to know about:P evil liars that they are

  • Chindavon

    What comes out the other end of the paper eating employee is

  • James Coulee

    They sure acted like they were innocent :)

    • Liam Mulcahy

      I know right

  • @dongiuj

    Ok so the title says “samsung employees” but you reported only one ate the report. Still messed up that somebody would actually eat that though.

    • Mr Mop

      Desperate times call for desperate measures?

      • @dongiuj

        Guess so! Did I miss it, how many pieces of paper did they eat?

  • jack

    gooks…….

    • Dani Hayes

      Racism is the best form of stupidity one can convey to the world.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Straight up…abso-fck’n-lutely beyond hilarious. Roflmmfao. Btw, it must have been rice paper.

  • Brandon Miranda

    Or a good piece to eat* ;) Totally not a direct punch in the face to Samsung.

  • Batman

    So Korean Style, to be specific, South Korean Style

  • E Jom

    This article is so fake. It says “alleged” so you can basically make up all kinds of allegations

    • Sleaka J

      Hey look! I think we found a Samesung shill in it’s natural habitat.

  • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

    So, I guess that means that they were eating Apples…

  • Liam Mulcahy

    Wow

  • Sandy Cook

    Sounds impartial

  • leart

    Spamsung the most dirtiest company ever

  • Nico Jan

    Typical of Samsung. They use very extensive marketing techniques to cover up their misdeeds.

    I have a relative who worked for HTC. A few years back, Samsung called a meeting with some of the major phone manufacturers in Asia regarding pricing their products. Samsung proposed that all the other brands set their prices within a certain range, which would be illegal. Then, Samsung acted as a witness and testified against the companies. Samsung was the one who called the meeting and gave everyone the proposal in the first place. No one even agreed to it. All the companies present at the meeting got fined and some of the representatives were even imprisoned for being in possession of the plan.

    Another story: Samsung is one of the major companies in Asia that manufacture semi-conductors. My aunt works for another in Taiwan. Samsung receives mass amounts of subsidies from the Korean government so they can lower their prices to the point where they actually lose money selling semi-conductors. They have, however, managed to undercut most of their competitors and put them out of business. The company my aunt works for is one of the few remaining ones. It still manages to receive orders from many American companies because the Americans fear that Samsung will eventually monopolize the industry and jack up the price, which it has done before.

    Believe it or not, Samsung is a huge asshole.

    • Henri Parmentier

      I think you are writing stories here… you had too much Spam sung… anything to back that up ?

      • Nico Jan

        Sorry, “Spam sung”?
        Like I said, I heard of them from close relatives working in the two companies. If you’d like to do some extensive research, I can provide you with their contact information for an interview. Otherwise, sure, you can take these as mere stories.