Apple has secured a major victory this evening in their ongoing legal battle against Samsung. AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski reports that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has issued a preliminary injunction stopping sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States.
In her report, Koh explains, “Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products.” She goes on to say that the hardship Apple would face by competing directly with Samsung’s infringing products greatly outweighs the financial harm the injunction will pose to Samsung.
A hearing on this very topic is already scheduled for Friday, and you can bet Samsung will fight back. Nonetheless, the fact that Koh issued this preliminary injunction well in advance of the hearing bodes well for Apple, who will need to pay out a $2.6 million bond before the order can go into effect.
You can view a full copy of the injunction filing at AllThingsD.