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On May 12, 2017, after five days of trial, Fred Gleaton and Laura Strong obtained a defense verdict in the Superior Court of Fulton County for their client, an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Atlanta, who was sued along with a hospital co-defendant.
On March 15, 2017, David Hayes presented "Damages from the Defense Perspective: How to Keep Damages Low" at the Proving Damages CLE, sponsored by ICLE: State Bar Series.
The success of companies all over the United States largely depends upon information unknown to the public—the companies’ trade secrets. The analysis of whether a company’s information is considered a trade secret turns on whether the company has taken “reasonable measures” to keep the information secret, and whether the information seeking trade secret protection derives independent economic value. Accordingly, information known to the public is not considered a protected trade secret. And should protected information be disclosed to the public, the information is no longer secret, thereby eviscerating any previous trade secret protection.
The federal jury verdict of $8.1 million, obtained earlier this year by Mike Egan and Derrick Bingham, was recently sustained. Motions for new trial or judgment notwithstanding the verdict were denied by Judge Pannell, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, in favor of OGEJS's client, a medical school professor and inventor from California. The case involved intellectual property rights on medical devices developed by the professor.
Fred Gleaton and Melissa Reading obtained a defense verdict on September 2, following a two week trial in the State Court of Cobb County. The OG client, a local anesthesiologist sued along with a Paulding County surgeon, was exonerated after over two days of jury deliberation. Plaintiff was represented by former Governor Roy Barnes. The trial was complicated by the recusal of Judge Maria Golick in mid-trial, in favor of Judge Carl Bowers.
Although we are located in Atlanta, a number of Owen Gleaton attorneys are licensed and do handle matters in other states. Specifically, Derrick Bingham is admitted in Tennessee, Kathleen Simcoe is admitted in Florida, David Hayes is admitted in Alabama, Rolfe Martin is admitted in South Carolina, Joseph Colette is admitted in New York, and Philippa Ellis is admitted in Illinois and Oklahoma.
OGEJS attorney Laura Strong was granted summary judgment in June in the State Court of Cobb County in a case against a metro neurologist charged with failure to diagnose a pItuitary prolactinoma. The case involved a complicated fact scenario and application of the "new injury" rule to save the plaintiff from application of the statute of limitations. Plaintiff's claim was barred. Stay tuned. Appeal is anticipated.