Kraft Foods Group, Inc./Mondelez International, Inc. v. Starbucks Coffee Company: Counsel representing Kraft in a three-year arbitration regarding a breach of contract after Starbucks unilaterally terminated its agreement, cutting off Kraft’s exclusive rights to sell, market and distribute Starbucks roast and ground coffee in grocery and other retail outlets. The arbitration resulted in a $2.7 billion cash award to Kraft.
Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Association et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. A Ramsey County jury awarded $30.1 million to four Minnesota non-profits that the firm represented in an action against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. The four non-profits-Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Association, Minnesota Medical Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Foundation for Children-participated in a securities lending program run by Wells Fargo. The jury found that Wells Fargo breached its fiduciary duty and violated the Minnesota Consumer Fraud Act. On April 16, 2012, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued its opinion affirming the trial court. On June 27, 2012, the Minnesota Supreme Court denied Wells Fargo's petition for review. The final judgment, plus additional post-trial attorneys’ fees paid by Wells Fargo, totaled more than $57 million.
One of the principal trial lawyers representing the State of Minnesota and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota against Big Tobacco. The case settled after a four month trial, when the tobacco defendants agreed to pay the State and Blue Cross Blue Shield more than $6.6 billion.
Obtained a jury verdict on behalf of Ecolab for trade secret misappropriation, and for willful infringement of several patents covering methods for chemical sanitization of beef and poultry in processing plants.
Reached a multimillion dollar settlement with Bayer Corp. on behalf of an individual inventor in a patent infringement case involving medical instrumentation for measuring precise quantities of sample and reagent; assisted in steering the patent through a lengthy reexamination in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Represented ABC affiliate in first amendment and media disputes.
Represented Pitney Bowes in a patent infringement case against Hewlett-Packard regarding the laser jet printer. Case settled for $400 million.
Obtained a $96.3 million jury verdict on behalf of Honeywell in Honeywell v. Minolta, a patent infringement case involving the invention of the autofocus SLR camera.
Represented clients in a wide range of intellectual property litigation matters, including biotech, chemistry, security software and medical devices.