August 3, 2011–Midtronics Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Argus Analyzers and BPPower
On August 3, 2011, Northern District of Illinois Senior Judge Milton Shadur entered judgment in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Midtronics, Inc. against Argus Analyzers and BPPower, Inc. Midtronics is represented by PSMN lawyer Robert Wagner and Barnes & Thornburg LLP lawyer Roderic Heard.
After a 4-day bench trial in January, the Court adopted Midtronics’ proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law in full, finding that defendants willfully infringed Midtronics’ ’756 Patent and rejecting defendants’ claim that the patent was invalid. Judge Shadur noted that in his decades on the bench he had never adopted a litigant’s proposed findings in their entirety before.
In its more than three decades on the bench this Court has never before adopted a litigant’s proposed Findings and Conclusions in full . . . . This case, however, has generated the exception that proves the rule. For this Court to recast the excellent submission by Midtronics’ counsel, creating a revised set of Findings and Conclusions just to demonstrate that it has given full consideration to the issues, would frankly be make-work, undertaken only to confirm that this Court has indeed given such comprehensive consideration to the competing submissions (as it has).
Judge Shadur found that Midtronics was entitled to a permanent injunction against defendants, along with its attorney and expert fees. The Court characterized its ruling as a “complete victory in favor of Midtronics and against defendants.”
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June 21, 2011–Henry Sneath Interviewed Regarding Supreme Court’s Decision in Walmart Stores v. Dukes
Fox DC Channel 5 interviewed PSMN partner Henry Sneath regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Walmart Stores v. Dukes involving class actions. The article and video clip from Mr. Sneath’s interview can be viewed here.