Kirkland Atty's 'Gratuitous' Statement Forces New Patent Trial

By Vin Gurrieri (February 24, 2016, 2:56 PM EST) -- Goodman Global Inc. won its bid for a new trial after a jury found it had violated a heating and air conditioning patent when a Delaware federal judge determined Wednesday that a Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney made unnecessary and "gratuitous" statements during trial suggesting that Goodman copied Carrier Corp.'s product.

U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson "reluctantly" granted Goodman's bid for a new trial after finding that Kirkland partner Gregg LoCascio had made improper statements to the jury during closing arguments on the issue of copying, which the parties had agreed to take out of the case, as well as on...

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