Jury Verdicts

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Carnegie Mellon v. Marvell: District Court Enhances Damages to $1.5 Billion

After a jury returned a verdict against Marvell for patent infringement, Carnegie Mellon ("CMU") filed several motions, including for prejudgment interest, for supplemental damages, for enhanced damages, for an ongoing,...more

TVM Update: $1.2M Awarded in Batiste v. Ethicon

The trial in the case of Linda Batiste v. Ethicon came to fruition on April 3, 2014 when a jury awarded Batiste $1.2 Million in compensatory damages. The verdict ended a two and a half week trial that began on March 17, 2014...more

UPDATE: Money, Money, Money: Top 10 Trade Secret Verdicts (With Our Runner-Up Overturned)

Big IP verdicts aren’t limited to patent cases. Trade secrets can mean big money, too. Really big. As in multi-, multi-million dollar verdicts. And the trend is up with more than half of the top ten verdicts coming out in...more

Illinois Whistleblower Awarded $3 Million Following Jury Trial

In what appears to be an alarming trend for employers, the Chicago Tribune recently reported that a former Chicago State University employee was awarded $3 million after a Cook County, Illinois jury found that the University...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Jury Verdict For Employer, Holding That Employee Affirmatively Declined to Take FMLA Leave

In Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a jury verdict in favor of an employer on an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims. The employer discharged Escriba...more

Judge Sets Aside $3 Million Jury Verdict because Expert’s Testimony is Baseless

Recently, in Cross v. Spears, CL 12-436, a Martinsville Circuit Court judge set aside a 3 million dollar jury award and ordered a new trial based on a ruling that the plaintiff’s toxicologist’s opinion testimony was “totally...more

$6 Million SOX Whistleblower Verdict In California

On March 5, 2014, a California jury awarded $6 million to a former accounting executive at Playboy Enterprises Inc. (the “Company”), finding that the Company discharged the former employee in violation of Section 806 of SOX....more

Arizona Local Counsel Information

Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP has prepared this document to inform counsel we work with who are outside of Arizona about certain recurring issues that they should be aware of when litigating here. The document obviously is not...more

$2.3 Million Trial Verdict Against Newegg

On November 25, 2013, the jury in TQP Development, LLC v. 1-800-Flowers.com, et al., U.S.D.C., E.D. Tex., No. 2:11-cv-00248-JRG-RSP, returned a $2.3 million verdict for plaintiff TQP Development, LLC (“TQP”) against Newegg,...more

Illinois Supreme Court Limits Insurance Guaranty Fund's Liability in Dram Shop Act Cases

This morning, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court handed the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund a win, reversing the Appellate Court’s decision in Rogers v. Imeri. Rogers posed the question of how the Fund’s offset for prior...more

Pitfalls Of The Verdict Form And The Two-Issue Rule

1. Florida’s “two-issue rule” generally holds that an appellant cannot show reversible error when an error relates to one claim or defense and the verdict does not reveal whether the appellee prevailed on that basis or...more

The Crime That Knows No Definition

As was widely reported yesterday, a jury failed to find Mark Cuban liable for insider trading. On the courthouse steps after the verdict, I think that Mr. Cuban made some very insightful and important comments...more

Practical Considerations for Post-Trial and Appellate Mediations

THE TRIAL IS OVER. The jury has just returned a verdict either for or against your client. Or maybe the judge has granted a motion for summary judgment. The parties mediated the case before trial without success. An appeal is...more

The Use of a Legal Issues Motion in Eminent Domain Proceedings

Eminent domain actions are unique in that "the court, rather than the jury, typically decides questions concerning the preconditions to recovery of a particular type of compensation, even if the determination turns on...more

Why The George Zimmerman Jury Got It Right

A criminal jury trial is not a popularity contest. In the days following the jury’s decision that George Zimmerman was not guilty of the second-degree murder or manslaughter of Trayvon Martin, the press reported on...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - September 2013

As mentioned in last month’s FEB, California recently enacted a new law clarifying that a plaintiff alleging sexual harassment is not required to show that the alleged harassment was motivated by sexual desire. Governor Jerry...more

Alberta’s Highest Court Dismisses Employer’s Appeal In Calf-Roping Case: Agrees That Trial Judge’s Verdict Was Unreasonable

The Alberta Court of Appeal recently released its decision in R v XI Technologies Inc., 2013 ABCA 282 and held that the employer had not met its obligations under Alberta’s occupational health and safety laws when it failed...more

The Merits of New Trial Orders by Texas Courts Are Now Subject to Appellate Review

For many decades, parties in Texas courts did not have any right to appellate review of a trial court’s new trial order and trial courts were not required to specify their reasons for setting aside a jury’s verdict. E.g.,...more

Definitely Not Short Wins

On this, the Monday after Labor Day, I suspect many of us have the feeling that work piles up when you leave the office. And, with last week off from Short Wins, that's definitely what happened here....more

Carnegie Mellon v. Marvell: District Court Upholds $1.1 Billion Jury Verdict Against Marvell

Carnegie Mellon University ("CMU") filed a patent infringement action Marvell Technology Group and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. ("Marvell") that alleged infringement of two CMU patents....more

HIPAA Violation Results in $1.44M Jury Verdict Against Walgreens, Pharmacist

Although HIPAA does not create a private cause of action, a recent Indiana Superior Court jury verdict demonstrates that HIPAA still could play an important role in private causes of action in state court based on negligence...more

Illegal Commission Arrangements: Appeals Court Reinstates Jury's Verdict Against Pharmacy Executive

In United States v. Vernon, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an Alabama district court's judgment of acquittal following a jury's guilty verdict against a pharmacy executive charged with anti-kickback statute...more

Seagate Technology’s $630 Million Trade Secret Win Reinstated

Protection of a business’s trade secrets may prove more difficult with the rise of social media and the recent debates surrounding the use of non-compete agreements. Social media, while a great tool for expanding networks,...more

Short Wins - 9th And 11th Circuit Edition

There are some great cases from the Ninth and Eleventh Circuits this week - especially United States v. Ermoian on obstruction of justice. Good times....more

Tomita v. Nintendo: Remittitur or New Trial Ordered on $30M Damage Verdict Where Jury Likely Weighed Profitability of Games Rather...

Tomita Technologies USA, LLC ("Tomita") won a jury verdict of $30M against Nintendo in patent infringement action. The jury found that Nintendo's 3DS infringed the patent-in-suit (the '664 patent) and that the '664 patent was...more

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