On May 10, 2018, Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas reconsidered his order for a new trial on damages, and reinstated a $75 million patent infringement verdict that McKool Smith secured on behalf of Ericsson Inc. and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (collectively “Ericsson”) against TCL Communications Technology Holdings Ltd.
The Court also awarded Ericsson an additional $35 million, including approximately $10.2 million in prejudgment interest and $25 million in enhanced damages due to TCL’s willful infringement.
The original verdict was announced on Thursday, December 7, 2017 following a four-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall. After 4.5 hours of deliberations, jurors awarded $75 million in damages to Ericsson finding that the defendant willfully infringed Ericsson’s 7,149,510 patent, which covers a method and system for controlling access to a platform for a mobile terminal for a wireless telecommunications system or for another product. The verdict was recognized as a “Top 100 Verdict” of 2017 by VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal.
The McKool Smith trial team was led by firm principal and lead counsel Ted Stevenson, along with principals Nicholas Mathews, Sam Baxter, and Jennifer Truelove, and associates Warren Lipschitz and Mitchell Sibley.
The case is Ericsson Inc. et al. v. TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd. et al., case number 2:15-cv-00011, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
With more than 185 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C., McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. Since 2006, the firm has secured ten nine-figure jury verdicts and twelve eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last ten years than any other law firm in the country. Courtroom successes like these have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” McKool Smith represents clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, insurance recovery, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.
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