Legal News


APPLE HIT WITH $502.6 MILLION VERDICT
04/13/2018

TYLER, Texas – A jury in the Eastern District of Texas handed down a $502.6 million dollar verdict against Apple, Inc. after an eight-day trial that concluded on April 11 in a patent infringement action brought by VirnetX, Inc. and Leidos, Inc. The first phase of the trial focused on whether Apple’s redesigned FaceTime and VPN on Demand features infringed United States Patent Nos. 6,502,135; 7,490,151; 7,418,504 and 7,921,211 and the reasonable royalty owed by Apple for that infringement. In the second phase of the trial, the jury determined that Apple willfully infringed these patents – potentially subjecting Apple to imposition of enhanced damages of up to three times the amount of jury’s verdict in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 284. ANDY TINDEL of the MT2 Law Group along with the Urrabazo Law Firm represented Leidos, Inc. in this action. VirnetX was represented by Caldwell, Cassady & Curry, P.C., Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC and Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth, P.C.


$439.7 MILLION FINAL JUDGMENT ENTERED AGAINST APPLE
10/17/2017

On September 29, U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder entered a $439.7 million judgment against Apple, Inc. in an action brought by VirnetX, Inc. and Leidos, Inc. (formerly SAIC). In September 2016, a Tyler, Texas federal jury returned a $302 million verdict against Apple, ruling that its VPN on Demand and FaceTime features had infringed patents related to VirnetX's patented internet security technology. Judge Schroeder's Final Judgment (unsealed on October 13) awarded VirnetX the full amount of the jury's verdict in addition to $41.3 million in enhanced damages and $96 million in costs, attorneys' fees and interest.  The trial of VirnetX and Leidos' other patent infringement action against Apple pending in the Eastern District of Texas may take place as early as March 2018.

Andy Tindel of the MT2 Law Group along with the Urrabazo Law Firm represented Leidos, Inc., co-plaintiff with VirnetX in the litigation against Apple. VirnetX is represented by Caldwell, Cassady & Curry, P.C., Ward & Smith, PLLC and Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth, P.C. 




TINDEL SPEAKS AT 2017 E.D. TEXAS BENCH/BAR CONFERENCE
10/04/2017

Andy Tindel served as the moderator for a panel discussion on “Words, Phrases & Rhetorical Ploys That Will Make Some Judge’s Skin Crawl. Are You Playing Russian Roulette With Your Briefing?” conducted on October 4, 2017 at the 21st Annual E.D. Texas Bench/Bar Conference sponsored by the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association.


"CIVILITY MATTERS" PROGRAM PRESENTED BY ANDY TINDEL
09/08/2017

Andy Tindel served as a panelist for a "Civility Matters" program delivered at a meeting of the Smith County Bar Association on September 8, 2018. The Civility Matters program was developed by the American Board of Trial Advocates with the hope that it would be presented at ABOTA educational activities, other bar and professional programs, and especially in every law school in the country. The programs feature first-hand lessons and experience from ABOTA members and are intended to instill values and standards that promote high regard for the legal profession. Tindel was joined on the panel by fellow East Texas ABOTA members Bill Cornelius and Trey Yarbrough.