A federal appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a patent-infringement case that could have cost Haynes and Boone, LLP client Electronic Transaction Consultants Corporation (ETC) more than $60 million and jeopardized the vehicle identification system used to electronically collect a significant portion of tolls in the U.S.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the May 2008 summary judgment of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas that dismissed a patent-infringement lawsuit brought against ETC by TransCore, a unit of Roper Industries (NYSE:ROP). TransCore alleged that ETC infringed four different TransCore patents that relate to the automatic electronic collection of tolls. TransCore claimed more than $20 million in damages, which it sought to treble to more than $60 million.
Haynes and Boone, LLP has been listed in the prestigious AmLaw 100, American Lawyer magazine's annual list of the top-grossing law firms for the year previous. Coming in at No. 94, Haynes and Boone improved its ranking for 2008, rejoining the AmLaw 100 after holding steady in the top of the AmLaw 200 since 2004.
The AmLaw 100 rankings, which also measure firms' growth in headcount, revenue-per-lawyer and profits-per-partner, highlight Haynes and Boone's steady growth over the past year. Haynes and Boone has evolved in areas across the firm, adding new strategic practice groups and partners in all offices. In early 2009, Haynes and Boone also joined forces with a leading California IP firm, MacPherson Kwok Chen and Heid, facilitating its entry into the California market with offices in San Jose and Orange County.