Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al.
AZA beat the odds when it obtained a $15.7 million jury verdict in Marshall federal court in the Eastern District of Texas in this early 2015 patent infringement case. Jurors deliberated only one hour to find that Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. infringed on two Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP patents covering Bluetooth technology.
Rembrandt also will receive royalty payments on all Samsung Bluetooth sales for the life of the patents.
Rembrandt, a Pennsylvania-based business technology company, sued Samsung and Blackberry Ltd. in 2013. Blackberry settled before the trial. Rembrandt argued that its patents for Bluetooth “enhanced data rate” inventions were infringed by Samsung in its Galaxy S phones and other devices.
The victory received widespread press coverage, including from technology-related publications that had put the odds against AZA winning this case. AZA was the lead in this trial and worked with co-counsel at Heim Payne & Chorush LLP. The judge has denied Samsung’s request for a judgment as a matter of law or a new trial over damages.
AZA lawyers: Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, and Kyril Talanov.
Case Type: Intellectual Property, Litigation Plaintiff
Air Liquide Large Industries U.S., LP v. NRM Investments, Inc., et al.
In this energy sector contract lawsuit, AZA prevailed on all claims in a jury trial and obtained a permanent injunction against its client’s opponent. This case shows AZA’s ability to be creative, focused and fierce in trial and includes a spectacular case-winning cross-examination. It also illustrates how AZA’s boutique efficiency can win the day with the firm’s three lawyers besting the opposition’s nine.
NRM sought $2.5 million in damages, alleging fraud and breach of contract and complaining that Air Liquide sold NRM industrial materials with valuable nickel and chromium but also containing hazardous waste in violation of the contract and California law. Air Liquide denied the allegations and sought $1.5 million still owed under the contract.
AZA’s Todd Mensing got a remarkable 15 potential jurors struck for cause (a quarter of the panel) by showing their bias against Air Liquide because it is a large multinational company. Mr. Mensing’s relentless cross-examination of NRM’s primary environmental law expert ended with the key witness admitting he wasn’t an expert. At the end of the 2½- week trial, the jury rejected all NRM’s claims and awarded Air Liquide $1.7 million, representing Air Liquide’s full damages, including attorneys’ fees.
Air Liquide also obtained a permanent injunction barring NRM from attempting to return the materials to Air Liquide. NRM had threatened to dump the materials at Air Liquide’s Houston offices or its executive’s home during the dispute.
AZA lawyers: Todd Mensing and Tim Shelby.
Case Type: Energy, Litigation Plaintiff