In a recent article, FOSS Patents points out a loophole in German law that forces taxpayers to pay for part of the court proceedings between Motorola and Apple.
Motorola is currently enforcing an injunction against Apple and has deposited money for the injunction as required by law.
Apple is appealing this injunction, and the appeal is slowly winding its way through the German court system. When a settlement or judgment is finally reached in the lawsuit, Germany owes Motorola interest on the injunction money that was set aside. The government can’t invest this money while it sits, so this interest payment must come from taxpayer money, says FOSS Patents.