An anonymous reader writes: Remember The Right Honourable Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Retired Lord Justice, who staged a temporary comeback on the bench of the England and Wales Court of Appeals last fall, required Apple to publicly retract its claims that Samsung copied the iPad and imposed sanctions on Cupertino when he concluded Tim Cook's lawyers hadn't fully complied? These days he made worldwide headline news again because he signed up as a Samsung expert witness at the US International Trade Commission. Samsung says he was hired by its law firm, not the company, but the ITC filing says "Sir Robin Jacob working on behalf of Samsung". His clerk issued a statement according to which Sir Robin had no idea of Samsung's desire to hire him before January--two months after he gave Apple a blast. Leading legal blogs agree that there is no evidence any law was violated, but suspect that "the general issue of what engagements retired judges are permitted to accept will be very much up for discussion" and that this was "a less than savvy public relations move by Samsung" because it casts doubt on the widely-noticed ruling in its favor. As one of them puts it, in the UK you "never know if the judge might be looking for a new job", so you better "make sure [you] have fat rolls of cash spilling out of [your] pockets" in front of a UK judge.
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