Two Bartlit Beck Trial Teams Receive “Litigator of the Week” Runners-Up Honors by The American Lawyer


Bartlit Beck lawyers John Hughes, Steven Derringer, Matthew FordMeg Fasulo, and Katherine Rhoades received “Litigator of the Week” runners-up honors by The American Lawyer following a victory in a patent infringement case on behalf of Colibri Heart Valve. After a six-day trial, the jury returned a verdict, finding that Medtronic CoreValve LLC induced infringement of Colibri's patent and failed to prove that the claims of the patent in question were invalid. The jury awarded $106.5 million in damages.

Bartlit Beck lawyers Chris Landgraff, Mark Levine, Katharine RoinDaniel TaylorRob Addy, and Alexandra Genord also received runners-ups honors following a victory in a malpractice suit on behalf of PwC. The suit alleged professional negligence by PwC relating to a transaction in which the Tax Court later found that the plaintiff should have paid taxes. After a nine-day bench trial, the court rejected the plaintiff’s claims and ruled in PwC’s favor. The plaintiff was seeking over $18M in damages.


Excerpt from “A Pre-President’s Day Edition of Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs” The American Lawyer, February 17, 2023

...“Runners-up honors also go to a Bartlit Beck trial team that brought home a $106.5 million verdict for startup client Colibri in a patent infringement case against a unit of medical device company Medtronic. After a six-day trial, federal jurors in Santa Ana, California last week found Colibri’s patents for implanting a catheter-delivered replacement aortic heart valve was valid and infringed by multiple devices made by Medtronic’s CoreValve unit. The winning Bartlit Beck team included John HughesSteve DerringerMatt FordMeg Fasulo and Katie Rhoades.

Runners-up honors go to a separate Bartlit Beck team that got a defense win for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Nevada state court brought by a former client of the accounting firm who was seeking more than $28 million in damages. Following a nine-day bench trial, Judge Joanna Kishner of the Clark County District Court of Nevada last week found PwC had no responsibility to update its former client about a bulletin issued by the IRS in 2008—well after the client relationship ended in 2003. The judge further found the former client’s claim was time-barred. The Bartlit Beck team representing PwC at trial included Christopher LandgraffMark LevineKatharine RoinDaniel TaylorSundeep (Rob) Addy, and Alexandra Genord.”

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