Saint Lawrence Communications, LLC v. ZTE Corporation et al, 2-15-cv-00349 (TXED May 8, 2017, Order) (Gilstrap, USDJ)
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Recent Jury Verdict Subject to Post-Trial Motions and Appeal Not a Reliable Data Point for Damages Expert Opinion
The court denied plaintiff's motion to supplement its damages expert's report to address a recent $9.1 million jury verdict against a consolidated defendant because that judgment was not yet final and a reliable data point. "[T]o date, the Court has yet to enter final judgment in the [consolidated] case. [Plaintiff] and [the consolidated] are currently participating in post-trial motion practice in accordance with the Court’s Order setting the post-trial briefing schedule. . . . [U]ntil a final judgment exists and motions under Rules 50(b) and 59 have been considered, the jury’s verdict is not fixed and remains subject to multiple avenues of attack. It further goes (almost without saying) that after this lengthy process results in a final judgment entered by this Court, the resulting judgment is then subject to appeal. In short, the verdict in the [consolidated] case is a long way from being an established and reliable data point that could properly be urged by [plaintiff] in its upcoming trial against [these defendants]."