Reuters reports that a U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California has granted Apple a,so preliminary injunction banning the sales of the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the U.S.
The same judge had also granted an injunction banning the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 few days back. The ban went into effect couple of days back after Apple paid the $2.6 million bond.
The ruling stated:
“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,”
A hearing is scheduled on Monday to consider whether to put the Galaxy Nexus injunction on hold pending appeal.
Apple has been ordered to pay a bond of $95 million to protect Samsung if it is later determined that the injunction should not have been granted.
This is a huge blow to Samsung and even for Google as the Galaxy Nexus is its flagship device for Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”.