Fed. Circ. Nixes $4.4M In Sanctions Against McDermott

Law360, New York (April 27, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has reversed a $4.4 million sanctions order finding that McDermott Will & Emery LLP and client Medtronic Navigation Inc. knowingly prolonged a hopeless patent infringement suit over surgical navigation devices.

McDermott and Medtronic did not pursue a weak patent infringement case against BrainLab AG in bad faith, nor did attorneys make misleading arguments to trick the jury, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Monday.

The decision overturns sanctions that a district judge imposed because he found that Medtronic's...
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