Re: Should't a court decide on this?
In this case I think the court will err on the side of caution - the manufacturer must be allowed to "brick" the existing devices so as to force their owners to return it.
Because if Samsung doesn't do it, and another device goes up in flames in a hotel (or even worse, a high-rise building) and it causes loss of life and property, who will be at fault? The owner of the handset? Samsung?
IMHO Samsung are doing the correct thing by forcing a recall of possible hazardous devices in order to prevent more loss of property and lives.