When a jury awarded almost $18.9 million in a copyright infringement case nearly four years ago, it set the wheels in motion for a legal roller-coaster ride that included a new trial with a verdict of less than $1.7 million, followed by an appeal that led to reinstatement of the first verdict.

Now Chief U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III has ruled that the first jury’s verdict was not “excessive,” as the defense had argued, paving the way for motions from the plaintiff seeking pre-judgment and post-judgment interest that could swell the award to more than $30 million.

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