Former Samsung Manager Says He Leaked iPad Screen Shipment Data

Former Samsung Manager Says He Leaked iPad Screen Shipment Data

The long-running dispute between Apple and Samsung has erupted again, this time in an unrelated insider-trading trial. The former manager of Samsung’s U.S. division told a New York City court he leaked shipment data of LCD screens destined for the iPad to a Calif. financial analyst.

Suk-Joo Hwang, a 14-year veteran of Samsung, testified he met with a Primary Global Research hedge fund manager in December 2009. The Mountain View, Calif. meeting was held just four months before the iPad – then still an unnamed device – was officially unveiled. “I talked to them about the tablet shipment estimates in that meeting,” reports Bloomberg, citing Wednesday’s federal court testimony.

During the restaurant meeting, the former Samsung manager was “freaked out, ” worried a nearby diner who was staring at him had been an Apple employee. Although he hid his Samsung badge, he later learned an Apple supply contract was cut.

Hwang was fired by Samsung in June 2011, according to the report.

Apple has claimed Samsung’s Tab closely resembles the iPad. The Cupertino, Calif. tech giant has sued the South Korean manufacturer in a number of courts, ranging from Germany to Japan. So far, Samsung has lost a case in Germany and is withholding its tablet from the Australian market until a judge there makes a decision later this month. Wednesday, the company fired back, filing suit against Apple in a French court.

  • UNOwenNYC

    Yo, Cult of Mac: is there a reason the picture you post with this article looks like someone (badly) cut it out of a magazine?!?

    The whole top-right corner is MISSING. ?

  • Hobin5148

    What does this have to do with “resemblance” lawsuit?

    This is a case about insider trading, not about competition between Android and iOS.

  • BCE

    Yo, U.N. Owen, so is the bottom left corner. It looks to be cropped that way. Nice try, find something else to complain about.

  • EmmaMitch5576116165107

    This is a case about insider trading, not about competition between Android and iOS.

    Heyy Guys, I just got a $829.99 iPåd2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
    I use BÏDFiRsT. COM

  • mahimahimahi

    It’s a press image that anybody can use.  It is owned by Samsung. Nice try troll.

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