Closing the Door on Extreme Demands
One of Quarles & Brady’s clients was initially sued for $80 million because of alleged patent infringement—and on the face of the matter, the plaintiff thought it had a pretty good case. Quarles & Brady, however, had other ideas. First, the firm was able to show that the infringement claim was questionable, then the firm proceeded to “knock out” the plaintiff’s damage expert. Through those maneuvers and more, the requested damages went from $80 million to $40 million, then dropped to $20 million, then $15 million, then $12.5 million, and so on until the plaintiff's compensatory damages were at most $1 million, at which point the case promptly settled. Thus, the outcome represented a financial defeat for the plaintiff, as the legal fees it had incurred in pursuit of Quarles & Brady’s client far exceeded its maximum compensatory damages.