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Alan Ratliff to Serve as Panelist at Sedona Conference Patent Litigation Working Groups 2017

Alan Ratliff, a Partner with StoneTurn in Houston, will serve as a panelist at the Sedona Conference Patent Litigation Working Groups 2017 Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas. The panel will address, “Whether damages-focused hearings can be used relatively early in the case to focus the litigation?”

Judges Bencivengo (SD Cal.) and Love (ED Tex.), and consultant Carol Ludington (Minnesota) will also participate on the panel, which attorney Andrea Jeffries (of WilmerHale Los Angeles) will moderate. Alan has been a member of Working Group 9 (Patent Damages & Remedies) for several years.

The Sedona Conference is a forum for advanced dialogue; its Working Group programs were launched to create an open think-tank confronting some of the most challenging issues faced by our legal system today.  For more information on the program, visit:


StoneTurn Hosts ABA Litigation IP Roundtable in Houston

StoneTurn hosted an ABA Section of Litigation IP Roundtable, “Will Nationwide Venue for Patent Infringement Suits Soon End?,” at the Houston Club on Monday, February 6, 2017.

The topic focused on the fact that, those practicing in the area of patent infringement litigation in federal court know, historically, with some limitations, a patentee may bring suit in any federal district where alleged infringement has occurred. In extreme cases, there has been debate and discussion in the legal and business community about a patentee seeking supposedly friendly forums to bring suit (e.g., where courts are perceived to be less likely to grant summary adjudication, or have accelerated pre-trial schedules, or where non-practicing patentees have been awarded large damages), while on the other hand, a defendant urges strict limits on where they can be sued, possibly even requiring suit in the jurisdiction of incorporation or the principal place of business.

The Supreme Court accepted an appeal from the Federal Circuit in the case of TC Heartland, in which Kraft sued Indiana-based TC Heartland in Delaware. Maria Boyce, of Hogan Lovells, led a lively discussion of the case, past venue legislation and public policy among roughly 30 participants from law firms, including Baker Botts, Bracewell, Greenberg Traurig, Haynes & Boone, Hogan Lovells, King & Spalding, Mayer Brown and Morgan Lewis, among others, and in-house counsel from companies including MD Anderson Cancer Center, NASA, and Shell Oil Company.

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StoneTurn Client Wins Verdict of More Than $10 Million

Healthcare provider Kelsey-Seybold, a StoneTurn client, recently won a verdict totaling more than $10 million in economic damages, statutory damages (penalties and interest), attorneys’ fees and pre-judgment interest in a long running dispute that eventually went to trial.

Kelsey claimed it was underpaid for patient health insurance reimbursements by insurer, Great West (now Cigna), for services provided by Kelsey to Great West’s insureds. The parties disputed the reimbursement amounts due.  Under Texas law, underpayments are subject to statutory damages (substantial penalties and interest) if not paid timely and, potentially, an award of attorney’s fees. The jury awarded the exact amount of economic and statutory damages Adam Gordon, StoneTurn’s expert witness, testified to under one of the two date scenarios presented in court.

Adam was supported by various StoneTurners throughout the dispute, including Kris Buchan, Tiffany Lewis and Katie Waddle.