MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Carlson Caspers, a top-ranking Minneapolis-based intellectual property law firm, obtained a successful ruling on post-trial motions Monday in Nebraska federal court on behalf of its client, lawn-mower maker Exmark Manufacturing Company, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Toro Company).
Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, denied defendant Briggs & Stratton Corporation’s motions for judgment as a matter of law and a new trial. Judge Bataillon also amended the judgment in favor of plaintiff Exmark Manufacturing Company, Inc., for additional compensatory damages of $14,380,062.24, under 35 U.S.C. § 284, together with prejudgment interest of $5,964,111.00, plus post-judgment interest from and after December 19, 2018, at the legal rate pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1961(a), together with taxable costs.
The amended judgment raises the total amount that Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton Corporation is required to pay to Exmark is $34.72 million for patent infringement on a patent issued in 1999 that covers a lawn mower with flow control baffles.
Carlson Caspers attorneys J. Derek Vandenburgh, Joseph W. Winkels, Alexander S. Rinn, and Shelleaha L. Jonas along with Jill Robb Ackerman of Baird Holm LLP represented Exmark. The Arnold & Porter and Kutak Rock firms represented Briggs & Stratton.