Years Later, Lawyer's Error Haunts Inventor

Law360, New York (July 14, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A 21-year-old lawsuit between a Silicon Valley semiconductor company and a wronged Canadian engineer has been settled for about $3 million—a fraction of the $172 million damage award the plaintiff lost through his lawyer’s error.

The lawsuit against San Jose, Calif.-based Alliance Semiconductor Corp. was filed in 1985 in British Columbia by engineer Prabhakara Balla, who said the company was founded with technology stolen by his former business partner.

Through the Canadian lawsuit, Balla and his consulting firm, Trit Tek Research Ltd., won a default judgment...
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