gives a suggestion of "how much" Duke paid in the litigation against John Madey, which was
Randall Roden, an attorney with Tharrington Smith who represented Madey, says he doesn’t believe the $5 million limit on Duke’s insurance policy with Coregis would cover the legal costs and settlement, adding that he wouldn’t be surprised if Duke spent $5 million on legal fees alone.
This is at the level the University of Rochester spent in its unsuccessful patent suit
against Searle concerning COX-2 inhibitors.
Oh, yes, John Madey did get the laser from Duke, so Duke ended up with a large legal bill, no laser, and no Madey.
[The whole problem began when Duke started to give time on the laser to other scientists, creating a turf war of sorts. The episode had many unintended consequences.]