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Apple vs. Qualcomm Jury Includes Retired MLB Pitcher and Woman Who's Never Owned a Smartphone

Apple's high-profile trial against chipmaker Qualcomm kicked off in San Diego federal court on Monday with jury selection.


Among the nine jurors selected are a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, a woman who has never owned a smartphone, a retired clinical psychologist, a pilot, an accountant, a retired nurse, and an environmental consultant, according to reports from CNET and Bloomberg.

Opening statements will be heard today. Apple has accused Qualcomm of anticompetitive business practices by way of demanding excessive patent royalties, while Qualcomm alleges that Apple manufacturers Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal owe it more than $7.5 billion in unpaid royalties.

Apple already won a preliminary judgment ordering Qualcomm to pay nearly $1 billion in withheld rebates last month.

Qualcomm has already faced scrutiny from antitrust regulators in multiple countries, including the United States, where an FTC lawyer said "evidence is overwhelming that Qualcomm engaged in exclusionary conduct, and the effects of Qualcomm's conduct, when considered together, are anticompetitive."

Amidst the legal battle, Apple dropped Qualcomm as a supplier of cellular modems starting with last year's iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, switching to Intel for all modems in those devices.



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2 days ago at 08:07 am

Among the nine jurors selected are a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, a woman who has never owned a smartphone, a retired clinical psychologist, a pilot, an accountant, a retired nurse, and an environmental consultant, according to reports from CNET ('https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-v-qualcomm-jury-includes-pilot-former-mlb-pitcher-nurse/') and Bloomberg ('https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-16/apple-qualcomm-jury-includes-woman-who-s-never-owned-smartphone').

Bahahaha, I love how every other jury member is described by their occupation whereas this poor lady gets "never owned a smartphone."

"Sure, I never own a smartphone, but I moonlight as having never owned a game console. The pay is decent, but neither of these occupations were by any means recession-proof."
Rating: 24 Votes
2 days ago at 08:05 am
So? It doesn't matter if she's never owned a smartphone, as long as she has an understanding of patent laws. If anything, this means she'll be unbiased.
Rating: 16 Votes
2 days ago at 08:05 am
this show will be better than any of their original programming
Rating: 11 Votes
2 days ago at 10:30 am

I legitimately envy the woman who’s never owned a smartphone. They’ve turned society into a bunch of zombies.

Sure!

Rating: 9 Votes
2 days ago at 08:12 am
I legitimately envy the woman who’s never owned a smartphone. They’ve turned society into a bunch of zombies.
Rating: 7 Votes
2 days ago at 08:41 am

I legitimately envy the woman who’s never owned a smartphone. They’ve turned society into a bunch of zombies.

You're free to give yours up anytime you want, you know.
Rating: 6 Votes
2 days ago at 08:20 am

I legitimately envy the woman who’s never owned a smartphone. They’ve turned society into a bunch of zombies.


Come on man, I know it’s weird that they don’t own a smartphone but I think it’s unlikely they’re responsible for the zombie apocalypse.
Rating: 3 Votes
2 days ago at 08:06 am
This won’t end well for Qualcomm
Rating: 3 Votes
2 days ago at 08:11 am
A former pitcher for the Royals? I thought they said “professional”...

I kid, I kid...
Rating: 2 Votes
2 days ago at 09:01 am
So a baseball pitcher, a luddite, a psychologist, a pilot, an accountant, a nurse, and an environmentalist walk into a bar…
Rating: 2 Votes

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