Finnegan Didn't Commit Legal Malpractice: Court

Law360, New York (March 19, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Washington, D.C.’s highest court affirmed Thursday that intellectual property firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP did not commit legal malpractice when it failed to annul a $20 million punitive damage award against former client Biomet Inc.

A three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals said Finnegan made a “reasonable tactical litigation decision involving an unsettled point of law” when it decided not to challenge the punitive damage award as constitutionally excessive during its initial appeal.

The court pointed out that if...
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