Full Fed. Circ. Won't Review Sidley Blown-Deadline Ruling

By Jacob Fischler (June 16, 2015, 5:04 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit said on Monday it will not rehear AT&T Inc.'s request to be allowed to appeal a $40 million patent infringement verdict after the company's attorneys at Sidley Austin LLP missed the deadline for filing the appeal.

The circuit judges rejected without comment AT&T's request for en banc review of a 2-1 March decision that, despite "admittedly inaccurate" information from a Texas federal court, the company cannot appeal the patent infringement verdict because its attorneys should have more closely monitored the electronic docket.

In asking for en banc review, AT&T argued that under the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure,...

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