galaxy-nexusSamsung's request for an expedited Galaxy Nexus hearing was accepted by the U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday. The Galaxy S III maker has until July 16 to file its court brief, which will begin the process. Meanwhile, Apple has until July 30 to respond to Samsung's filing, with final comments set to take place on August 6.

The Galaxy Nexus has been a hot topic as of late, as Apple's infringement claims resulted in Google pulling the device from its Play store, only to introduce a software update that nullified the case entirely. The device currently has a 3-5 business day delivery status attached to it, availability which will almost certainly ruffle the legal feathers of Apple lawyers.

To give you an idea just how far Apple went to get both the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned, and keep them banned, it was revealed by Samsung that the iPhone maker took to contacting vendors directly in order to warm them against selling the two devices.

Apple's response to Samsung's complaint about the vendor letters? "[the company's] letter shows nothing beyond the entirely predictable consequence of Samsung's infringement — i.e., the infringing products must be taken off of the market. It is not a legally cognizable harm to halt downstream sales of stolen, pirated, counterfeit, or infringing products.

Stolen. Pirated. Counterfeit. Them's some pretty strong words, Apple.

[via Electronista]