Bryan Cave has been recognized by Top Verdict as a winner of one of the “Top 20 Verdicts” in Georgia in 2016 for WIKA Instrument Corp. v. Ashcroft. Bryan Cave ranked 10th.
In WIKA v. Ashcroft, WIKA sued Ashcroft Inc., a sales leader in the U.S. process pressure gauge market, for false advertising under the federal Lanham Act and Georgia and Connecticut law for intentionally making false statements about the safety and flammability of both WIKA’s and Ashcroft’s pressure gauges. After a two-week jury trial, a jury found for WIKA on all of its claims, and awarded all the relief sought by WIKA, including $3.3 million in Ashcroft’s profits and WIKA’s attorneys’ fees under state law.
In the final judgment, Judge Charles Pannell of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia found that WIKA’s victory was an “exceptional case” which warranted an award of its attorneys’ fees and costs under the Lanham Act, enjoined Ashcroft from making the same claims again, and ordered Ashcroft to post corrective advertising on its website telling relevant consumers the truth about the gauges.
After post-trial motions seeking to overturn the court’s judgment were rejected in December 2016, and WIKA’s right to attorneys’ fees was affirmed (which public filings showed to be over $7 million at the time of the December ruling), the matter subsequently settled in early 2017.
The Bryan Cave Atlanta team included Eric Schroeder, Chris Galanek, Damon Whitaker, Angelia Duncan, Aiten McPherson, Curtis Romig, Scott Greene, Christian Bromley and John Bush. In St. Louis, the team consisted of Ben Clark, with additional assistance from Jason Meyer, Matt Minder, Marie Riley and Val Crozier.
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