Honored as “Masters of the Courtroom” for serving as lead counsel in the nation’s most significant trial victories from January 2018 - June 2019, Jim Badke and Chad Hummel were named among the 2019 Winning Litigators by The National Law Journal (NLJ). NLJ’s special report features elite trial lawyers who “took on high stakes matters and won” bet-the-company trials on behalf of their clients.
Jim was featured for obtaining a jury verdict and damages award of US$155 million for Bayer against Baxalta in an ongoing patent dispute over Bayer’s patent covering a series of hemophilia medications. Following a six-day jury trial involving 18 witnesses, the jury found in favor of Bayer on infringement and validity of Bayer’s patent. The verdict ranks among the 10 largest patent verdicts in the District of Delaware over the past decade, and the largest biotech patent verdict in that court.
In a bench trial for DIRECTV against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Chad’s leadership resulted in the Northern District of California dismissing the case in its entirety with prejudice, ending years-long litigation and handing a decisive victory to DIRECTV. NLJ recognized Chad and Sidley’s trial team in this lawsuit alleging that DIRECTV engaged in deceptive advertising regarding the conditions of its introductory pricing and premium channel offerings. The Sidley team’s robust defense proved that consumers were neither deceived nor harmed as a result of the advertising. The precedent-setting case revolved around the critical issue of how the FTC meets its burden of proof in advertising cases.
Jim is a co-leader of Sidley’s IP Litigation practice and heads the New York Intellectual Property group. He is also a leader of the Life Sciences practice and an established lead trial counsel with numerous victories in bet-the-company cases.
Chad is a member of the Commercial Litigation and Disputes, Antitrust and White Collar practices. He is also a co-leader of the firm’s national trial practice and has tried many of the nation’s highest profile civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts throughout the country.