Sidley's Blown Deadline In $40M Case Provides Stark Lesson

By Ryan Davis (March 19, 2015, 8:33 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit's decision Thursday that AT&T Inc. cannot appeal a $40 million patent infringement verdict against it because its attorneys from Sidley Austin LLP missed the appeal deadline is a reminder that failing to closely monitor court dockets can lead to devastating mistakes, attorneys say.

The Federal Circuit ruled that Judge Orlando Garcia of the Western District of Texas was correct in 2014 when he barred AT&T from appealing a jury's verdict that the company infringed streaming media patents owned by Two-Way Media LLC.

The 30-day period for filing an appeal of the verdict began running when the judge denied...

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