Bartlit Beck Wins $165 Million Judgment in Patent Infringement CaseViskase v. American National Can (1999)
Phil Beck and Chris Lind won $165 million in patent infringement damages in the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of plaintiff Viskase, who had a patent on shrink wrap used in the meat packing industry. Viskase hired us after the trial court threw out a jury verdict in its favor because an expert gave false testimony at trial. Our firm moved for summary judgment seeking reinstatement of the original damages award and enhanced damages for willful infringement. The Court granted the motion and the case settled shortly thereafter. At the time, the award reportedly was one of the largest patent infringement judgments ever.