A missed deadline means that AT&T lawyers can’t appeal a $40 million patent verdict against the telecom giant. A patent-holding company called Two-Way Media LLC scored a $27.5 million verdict against AT&T last year following a jury trial in the Western District of Texas. The verdict, which got bumped up to $40 million after interest was added, was the largest patent verdict of the year for a non-competitor case.
AT&T’s lawyers at Sidley Austin want to appeal the case, but they can’t because they blew a key deadline, according to a ruling (PDF) yesterday from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
After the verdict came out, AT&T’s attorneys filed four motions for judgment as a matter of law, or JMOL motions. Such motions are common after trial. Three of AT&T’s four JMOL motions were filed under seal. The judge denied the orders and sent out “notices of electronic filing” (NEF) labeled “ORDER GRANTING [] Motion For Leave to File Sealed Document.”
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