Carlson Caspers successfully prevailed in Nebraska federal court when a jury awarded its client, lawn-mower maker Exmark Manufacturing Company, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Toro Company), $14.38 million in damages after a six-day trial in December of 2018. Carlson Caspers also successfully prevailed in obtaining an affirmance of a prior determination that the infringement was willful, resulting in the Court awarding an additional $14.38 million in enhanced damages to Exmark.
The judgment requires Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton Corporation to pay Exmark $28.76 million in damages (plus interest and costs to be determined) for patent infringement on a patent issued in 1999, which covers a lawn mower with flow control baffles.
The Carlson Caspers team included Derek Vandenburgh, Joe Winkels, Alex Rinn and Shelly Jonas. District of Nebraska (2018).