Experience

Patent Litigation: Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Represented small biotech company and two academic researchers against large pharmaceutical company in dispute over inventorship of several patents relating to mesenchymal stem cells and their uses, as well as defending against numerous state law claims regarding alleged improper use of information; co-lead counsel; responsible for damages experts and substantial responsibility for state law claims; examined (and cross examined) multiple witnesses in one of the first Zoom bench trials in Massachusetts; prevailed on all state law claims, including a finding that defendants were not entitled to any monetary compensation.

Patent Litigation: Semiconductors

Represented semiconductor manufacturer in patent case against competitor in litigation in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, in which both sides asserted patents relating to power management and A-D converters; conducted Markman hearing and obtained favorable construction, leading to the case being settled on favorable terms shortly after fact discovery began.

Patent Litigation: NPEs

Represented many companies over the years in patent litigations brought by numerous non-practicing entities, including in U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware and Northern District of California; aggressively pursued early motions and uncovered key prior art that led to favorable settlements for his clients.

Patent & Trade Secret Litigation: IT Infrastructure Software

Represented large provider of IT management solutions in lawsuits in U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of New York and the Northern District of California against competitor alleging infringement of patents relating to object code instrumentation and misappropriation of trade secrets; took the lead in discovery matters, argued several Daubert motions in court and participated in successful settlement negotiations of all matters shortly before trial.

Patent Litigation: MEMS Microphones

Represented large semiconductor manufacturer in an ITC investigation and parallel district court proceeding in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, defending against two patents owned by a competitor relating to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) microphones; instrumental in prevailing in a rare initial determination proceeding (akin to a preliminary injunction hearing), in which an administrative law judge found the competitor's patents were invalid, and then in proving invalidity at full merits hearing; ITC affirmed both invalidity determinations.

Patent Litigation: Telecommunications

Defended large telecommunication company in patent litigation in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas brought by a competitor over eight patents relating to encryption, unified communications, messaging, and audio and video codecs; filed four petitions for Inter Partes Review with the Patent Office, and obtained institution on all of them; case settled favorably shortly thereafter.

Patent Litigation: Golf Balls

Represented large golf equipment manufacturer in case in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against numerous golf ball sellers over patents relating to aerodynamics of golf balls; defeated a motion to dismiss and obtained favorable settlements with all defendants early in proceedings.

Patent Litigation: Chemicals

Defended chemical company in patent case involving patents related to termites and animal health, and was heavily involved in expert reports and discovery, as well as Markman and summary judgment motions; obtained favorable claim construction ruling and filed strong summary judgment motion of invalidity, leading to the case being settled hours before argument on summary judgment motion.

Patent Litigation: Golf Clubs

Defended large golf equipment manufacturer against competitor who alleged that several golf clubs infringed a patent; obtained summary judgment of non-infringement for all golf clubs and claims from U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, defended decision on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and obtained second summary judgment of non-infringement after initial decision was partially vacated on appeal.

Patent Litigation: Medical Device

Defended company medical device manufacturer against claimed infringement of expired patent relating to laser hair removal; obtained stay of matter pending reexamination of patent, which resulted in cancelling of all allegedly infringing claims and dismissal of case against client.

Patent Litigation: Speech to Text Software

Represented company that developed speech-to-text software in action against large software company for patent infringement; successfully transferred case from E.D. Tex. to D. Mass; obtained favorable claim construction ruling; and matter settled after business resolution between the parties.

Patent Litigation: Telecommunications

Defended three major telecommunications companies against patent claims relating to VoIP technology in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; took lead in preparing pretrial filings and assisted with trial witness preparation; case was settled after the third day of trial for a fraction of the original demand.

Patent Litigation: Video Monitoring Software

Represented company that provides intelligent video monitoring products who sued larger competitor for infringement of patent related to video monitoring and for theft of trade secrets in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; case settled favorably during fact discovery after Mr. Stern took key deposition of engineering employee of defendant.

Patent Litigation: VoIP

Defended three telecommunications networking companies in E.D. Tex. against accusation of infringement of patents relating to VoIP technology; lead responsibility for witness who testified at trial about key prior art; case settled the next day for a fraction of the original demand.

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended large manufacturer and reseller of telecommunications equipment against copyright infringement, breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secret claims involving Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) in numerous cases filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware; was responsible for the day-to-day conduct of all cases, took and defended numerous fact and expert depositions, and was instrumental in filing summary judgment and Daubert motions, as well as numerous other pretrial motions; all cases were settled within days of trial of lead case.

Trade Secret & Unfair Competition Litigation: Healthcare

Defended national healthcare consulting firm on misappropriation of trade secrets and contract claims brought by competitor in Texas state court; defended against preliminary injunction, argued numerous discovery and pretrial; settled weeks before trial.

Trade Secret & Unfair Competition Litigation: Telecommunications

Represented large international manufacturer and seller of telecommunications equipment to all major wireless providers against a supplier in a breach of contract, theft of trade secrets and unfair competition action brought in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court, a case in which the plaintiff brought two separate preliminary injunction motions to stop our client from selling key hardware and software that is instrumental in sending data over Code-Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless networks; the case was settled favorably during a hearing on second preliminary injunction when it became clear that plaintiffs motion was unlikely to succeed.

Trademark Litigation: Multimedia

Defended multi-platform media company in trademark infringement and unfair competition matter in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; integral member of trial team; obtained complete defense verdict after bench trial.

Fletch's Sandblasting & Painting, Inc. v. Fay, Spofford and Thorndike d/b/a Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

Filed successful motion to dismiss a design malpractice claim arising out of alleged defective specifications on a renovation project at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The court’s decision may be found at 2019 WL 847731 (D. Me. Feb. 21, 2019).

Defense of Contractor - Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Claims

This case concerned the construction of a marine boat dock on an island in Boston Harbor. The Plaintiff claimed entitlement to unpaid wages and enhanced wages under the federal prevailing wage statute known as the Davis Bacon Act. The Plaintiff sought treble damages and legal fees.

Under the Davis Bacon Act construction workers on federally funded projects must be paid specified wage rates (classified according to each trade and the locale of the project) for time spent on the job site. In this case the Plaintiff argued he was not paid for time spent on the "site of the work" as defined in the statute. He also took the position that since the work of constructing the dock was performed from a barge, workers should be compensated at the federal Davis Bacon rates while the barge was en route to the island where the boat dock was being constructed, in addition to the time spend there with the barge anchored while it served as the work platform. The travel on the barge each day was about 3 hours for a round trip.

There were contested facts as to whether and when the Plaintiff was actually on the work site. There was a legal issue regarding the definition of the "site of the work" whether the mobile barge was the "site of the work" while in transit to the island. If the Plaintiff prevailed on any of his claims it would have opened the door to claims from other construction workers on this same project to file similar suits.

The case was tried before a Maine Superior Court Justice in June 2013. The Court issued a decision in August 2013 finding in favor of our client on all claims.

Successful Design and Construction Defects Claims for Large Hospital Client

We are successfully pursued claims in federal court seeking recovery of damages arising from defects in the design and construction of a $170 million addition to a Maine hospital complex. The case involved building envelope and mechanic design and construction defects. The matter was resolved prior to trial to a successful outcome.

Jury verdict awarding our client in excess of $900,000+ in U.S. District Court on behalf of a wrongfully terminated general contractor

Our client was the prime contractor for construction of a new clay lined landfill in rural Vermont. The Owner terminated the contractor shortly before substantial completion and filed suit for completion costs. We countersued for wrongful termination and breach of contract. We pursued damages for lost profits on the project, termination costs, and delay damages. The jury found in our client's favor following a three week trial in Burlington. The jury award approximately 90% of the damages claimed for a total of $923,000. [J.A. McDonald v. WSI Moretown Landfill, Inc.]

  • Arbitration award of a differing site conditions and delay claim which earned headlines in newspapers for a "KO" of the adverse party.

Contractor Prevails at Trial on Breach of Contract Claims and Gets Legal Fees Awarded

Our contractor/real estate developer client was sued in New Hampshire state court by the owner for breach of a of a $2 million design/build contract. Our client also asserted a counterclaim for breach of contract claim. Each party asserted claims for breach of the implied duty of good faith and fair dealing Following a three-day trial, the Court ruled in our client's favor for $395,000 and legal fees of approximately $91,000 stemming from the plaintiff's bad faith conduct. The matter is currently on appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. [Rudyak et al v. Bearfoot Creek, LLC and Cheboygan Properties, LLC, Carroll County, NH Superior Court, Docket No. 212-2016,CV-00002]

Successful Defense of Claims for Delays, Owner Interference and Extra Work

The Jackson Laboratory, a global leader in genetic research, retained us to assist it with claims arising from construction of its $70 million state-of the art vivarium facility including late completion by its construction manager (CM). The CM alleged that our client interfered with its work by dictating means and methods of construction and sought compensation for project delays and extra work attributed to alleged defects in the plans and specifications put forward by our client's architect and engineers. We took an aggressive approach by filing suit in federal court shortly after completion of the project tackling head on the weak technical arguments put forward by the contractor for its claims for additional compensation. Our approached focus on contractor caused delays and inattention to means and methods of construction. This strategy resulted in an early mediation with a very favorable outcome for our client with a global resolution of the dispute achieved within six months of substantial completion.

Age Discrimination Case in the Health Care Industry

Verrill Dana's Litigation Team successfully represented a healthcare institution in an age discrimination case brought by a former doctor. The case wound its way from Federal Court, to Maine Superior Court to the Maine Supreme Court. The doctor argued that the reasons for his termination were pretextual and that he had been defamed during proceedings that resulted in his termination. The Federal Court dismissed the doctor's federal claims and the Superior Court granted summary judgment on the doctor's state law claims. The Supreme Court affirmed the Superior Court's grant of summary judgment, rejecting the plaintiff's novel procedural arguments.

Appeal of Patent Dispute

Represented a large medical device manufacturer in an appeal of a $250 million jury verdict in patent on grounds concerning ensnarement, lost profits, and the trial court's misunderstanding of the "reverse doctrine of equivalents."

Computer Based Banking Patent Dispute

We represented the U.S. division of a large international bank, in both federal District Court and on appeal to the Federal Circuit, in a patent dispute concerning computer-based banking transactions. We prevailed on key claim constructions, won summary judgment, and preserved the victory on appeal.

Medical Device Patent Dispute

We represented a large medical device manufacturer in a six-patent dispute involving nearly a dozen accused devices for thoraco-lumbar spinal fixation. We prevailed on every single Markman claim construction and then won at trial.

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Make Your Own Law with Tom Bean

On March 2, attorney Tom Bean appeared on a Pod617 - The Boston Podcast Network episode, "Make Your Own Law with Tom Bean." He discusses what it takes to get a proposed law on...

News

Favorable Decision for Corinth Pellets' Fire Damage

On February 24, Business Insurance released an article, "Arch failed to properly notify policyholder of nonrenewal," referring to the Corinth Pellets, LLC v. Arch Specialty Insurance Co. et al. case that favored Corinth Pellets...

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies the Contours of the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in Internal Investigations

In Attorney General v. Facebook, Inc. , No. SJC-12496 (March 24, 2021), [i] the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court clarified the scope of protection afforded by the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine to...

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Patent Litigation: NPEs

Represented many companies over the years in patent litigations brought by numerous non-practicing entities, including in U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware and Northern District of California; aggressively...

News

Verrill Trial Attorneys Once Again Recognized as “Local Litigation Stars” in Benchmark Litigation 2021 Edition

(January 14, 2020) – Eight Verrill attorneys have again been recognized for their litigation skills in Benchmark Litigation’s 2021 edition. In addition to the firm’s eight individual rankings, both Karen Frink Wolf and Martha...

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Patent Litigation: Semiconductors

Represented semiconductor manufacturer in patent case against competitor in litigation in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, in which both sides asserted patents relating to power management and A-D converters; conducted Markman...

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Domestic Discovery for Foreign Arbitrations? – Now It’s the Supreme Court’s Turn

U.S. Supreme Court building
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Patent Litigation: Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Represented small biotech company and two academic researchers against large pharmaceutical company in dispute over inventorship of several patents relating to mesenchymal stem cells and their uses, as well as defending against numerous state...

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Finding Teeth in Massachusetts' Prompt Payment Act

In Tocci v. IRIV Partners, LLC, Boston Harbor Industrial Development LLC and Hudson Insurance Co. (November 19, 2020, Sup. Ct. 19-405), the Massachusetts Superior Court granted summary judgment on a contractor’s breach of contract...

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Patent & Trade Secret Litigation: IT Infrastructure Software

Represented large provider of IT management solutions in lawsuits in U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of New York and the Northern District of California against competitor alleging infringement of patents relating to...

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