Matthew J. Goggin | Alexander S. Rinn | J. Derek Vandenburgh | Joseph W. Winkels

Carlson Caspers won an important victory for its client, Exmark Manufacturing Co., a Beatrice, Nebraska-based division of The Toro Company, a global provider of outdoor solutions and equipment headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. In what has been reported as one of the largest awards in Nebraska history, a jury in the United States District Court in Omaha awarded Exmark more than $24.2 million, determining that Briggs & Stratton had willfully infringed on Exmark’s patent directed to an improved commercial lawn mower.  After post-trial hearings and argument, Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, in May of 2016, has doubled the jury’s award in light of the willful nature of Briggs & Stratton’s infringement. Judge Bataillon further awarded Exmark prejudgment and post judgment interest, as well as the costs associated with the lawsuit. Significantly, he also denied a series of post-trial motions filed by Briggs & Stratton, including a request for a new trial. In total, Carlson Caspers secured a final judgment for Exmark of more than $50 million. The Carlson Caspers team included Derek Vandenburgh, Joe Winkels, Matt Goggin and Alex Rinn.  District of Nebraska (2015).