Yikes. If you've been considering the purchase of a Samsung
Galaxy Nexus, you may want to act fast. Apple
has just landed a huge legal victory in its fight against Samsung, as a U.S. District Judge in San Jose ruled that the Galaxy Nexus infringed as Apple had been claiming. It's all over a patent spat, but this ruling is fairly serious. So serious, in fact, that the judge has granted Apple's request for a pre-trial injunction against the sale of the Galaxy Nexus in the United States. In other words, that phone cannot be sold here any longer.
The news comes just days after Samsung lost another war, with a pre-trial ban on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 happening earlier in the week. These kinds of injunctions are almost never granted, so having two in one week is certainly a milestone. The judge in this case said the following: "Apple has made a clear showing that, in the absence of a preliminary injunction, it is likely to lose substantial market share in the smartphone market and to lose substantial downstream sales of future smartphone purchases and tag-along products."
The judge then scheduled a hearing for Monday to "consider whether to put the Galaxy Nexus injunction on hold pending appeal," according to Reuters. As a part of the injunction, Apple had to post a bond of nearly $96 million in order to secure payment of damages sustained by Samsung if indeed the injunction were to be deemed wrongful later on.
It's worth saying again: yikes.