An International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing is scheduled for October 13th, which could result in a preliminary injunction of four Samsung Android smartphones in the U.S. The largest mobile carrier in the U.S., Verizon Wireless, has requested permission to file a brief in the Federal Court for the Northern District of California on the part of Samsung ahead of this court hearing. They even went as far as proposing that President Obama should exercise his presidential veto right against possible ITC import bans against Apple as well as Android devices.
The phones in question are the Infuse 4G, DROID Charge, Galaxy S 4G, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Verizon is arguing that there is potential for grave harm to the public interest if the court grants an injunction. As a result of having less 4G LTE phones, it would hurt consumer choices and reduce the availability of high-speed wireless broadband to Americans.
Verizon is additionally concerned that if Apple is granted the preliminary injunction, it is likely Samsung will step up its game which could eventually block Apple products. It is a no win situation, but the consumer is guaranteed to lose, and Verizon would like the courts to consider the public interest when making its decision.
Verizon isn’t making the strongest argument, but they are making some noise by speaking out in favor of Samsung which can’t hurt.