Genlyte’s trial lawyers knew they had a huge hurdle to overcome in their infringement case this February against Arch Lighting Group. Juries aren’t usually inclined to side with Goliaths, and the Louisville, Ky.-based Genlyte, one of the country’s three largest lighting manufacturers, with over $1 billion in annual revenue, was definitely the Goliath compared to tiny 25-employee Arch, headquartered in Taunton, Mass. “This was the big company versus the little guy,” recalls Genlyte lead trial counsel James Milliman, a partner at Middleton Reutlinger, a 48-lawyer litigation and IP firm in Louisville.

Milliman’s strategy: to win juror sympathy by playing up the human-interest elements of Genlyte’s case. As lead witness the Genlyte trial team called William Fabbri, co-inventor of the contested invention, Genlyte’s hospital room ceiling light. A 53-year lighting industry veteran, Fabbri described how he had started out on the assembly line for a Massachusetts lighting manufacturer (later acquired by Genlyte) and worked his way up to his current position as a Genlyte vice president and division manager.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]