Elaine Blais and Douglas Kline at Goodwin Procter get a runner-up spot this week for bringing home a $175 million damages verdict for client Teva Pharmaceuticals in a rare branded patent showdown over biologics with Eli Lilly & Co. After three-and-a-half weeks of trial, a federal jury in Boston found that Lilly willfully infringed Teva’s patents related to therapeutic antibodies used to treat migraine headaches and turned back Lilly’s invalidity defenses. The Goodwin trial team also included Robert Frederickson, Natasha Daughtrey, Kevin Martin, Molly Grammel, Eric Romeo, Josh Weinger, Tara Thigpen, Madeline DiLascia, Beth Ashbridge, Sean Anderson, Audie Soucy, Grace Truong, Gabriel Ferrante, Geena Savage, Zac Holmes, Al Lessard and Alex Shaw.
Runners-up honors also go to a trial team led by Andy Bart at Jenner & Block that secured a $46.7 million verdict on behalf of a group of record labels after a federal jury in Austin, Texas, found that internet service provider Grande Communications Network LLC failed to adequately address users who were pirating 1,403 copyrighted songs. After a month-long trial, jurors sided with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group finding the ISP willfully contributed to copyright infringement by failing to deal with subscribers’ repeated use of BitTorrent protocol to share pirated music. The trial team also included Jenner & Block partner Jacob Tracer and associate Jacquellena Carrero; co-counsel at Stein Mitchell Beato & Missner including Robert Gilmore, Philip O’Beirne and Kevin Attridge; and local counsel at Scott Douglass & McConnico including Daniel Bitting and Paige Amstutz.