There's been a significant development in the court case that saw Apple awarded US$1.05 billion in damages last August. According to The Recorder, Judge Lucy Koh has ordered that the amount Samsung must pay Apple be reduced by $450 million, or almost 40 percent, and that a new trial be held to decide how much of that amount will still be paid.

There's evidently been some question regarding 14 of the Samsung devices covered by the lawsuit and exactly how much of the damages originally awarded to Apple can be attributed to them. This new trial will look more closely at the specific intellectual properties these devices are violating and could possibly result in the damages being reduced or increased based on the findings. A new jury will need to be selected before the trial can take place.

FOSS Patents reports that the devices in question include several smartphones from the Galaxy line, the Galaxy Tab and the Nexus S 4G.

[Via Apple Insider]

This article was originally published on Tuaw.