The $1.9 billion bench verdict Centripetal Systems won against Cisco Systems Inc. in 2020 is going to be sent back for a do-over. That much was clear following arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday.

The question now will be how much needs to be redone due to U.S. District Judge Henry Morgan’s failure to divest or to recuse himself after finding out midtrial that his wife held $4,688 worth of Cisco stock. Monday’s argument provides a judicial test of an issue highlighted  last fall by a series of Wall Street Journal articles about judges or their family members holding stock in companies that appear in the judges’ court.

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