Friday, September 23, 2005

Attorney fees decision of district court reversed in Int. Rectifier v Samsung

The CAFC vacated one decision and reversed another in International Rectifier v. Samsung, finding an abuse of discretion by the district court.

As a first matter, the CAFC found that an award of attorney fees is governed by regional circuit law, not CAFC law. (Deprenyl, 297 F.3d 1343).

Of interest, Samsung argued the district court's finding that the case was "terribly over-lawyered" is clearly erroneous. Because the basis for the finding was unclear, the CAFC vacated and remanded.

Separately, the CAFC reversed the district court's denial of fees pursuant to the consent judgment.

Ixys argued for re-assignment of the judge in the case.

Costs were assessed against International Rectifier.


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