Fed. Circ. Slams Sidley For Blown Deadline In $40M AT&T Case

By Erica Teichert (December 3, 2014, 3:29 PM EST) -- Three Federal Circuit judges on Wednesday hammered a Sidley Austin LLP attorney for missing a deadline to appeal a $40 million patent verdict against AT&T Inc. after his team overlooked a notice from the lower court, saying attorneys have an obligation to read every order they receive from judges.

Although Carter G. Phillips maintained that the trial court's notice misled his 18-attorney team from Sidley Austin and Davis Cedillo & Mendoza Inc. to believe the enclosed orders were "ministerial," the appellate judges were incredulous that no one bothered to open and read the decisions or check the court docket for 52 days,...

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