Apple has been granted an injunction on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, preventing the device from being sold in Europe until the conclusion of legal action.
According to a report on Germany's Financial Informer, Apple has been granted an injunction by the Regional Court of Düsseldorf preventing its South Korean rival from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in any European country except - for some reason - the Netherlands.
The injunction comes as the latest blow in a tit-for-tat legal war between the two companies, who have otherwise enjoyed a solid working relationship: Samsung produces many of the components used in both the iPhone and the iPad, the design of which it stands accused of copying.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the latest device in Samsung's Galaxy range of Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Designed as a scaled-up version of the company's popular seven-inch Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 upgrades the operating system to Honeycomb and has enjoyed good reviews. Sales following its UK launch have been brisk, but the device will now have to be pulled from shop shelves and all marketing activity ceased.
Sadly for Samsung, Apple's injunction is going to severely harm the company's financial outlook. The device is now blocked across Europe, Australia, and Apple is currently attempting to block the import of all Galaxy devices into the US.