Publish Date: 
Monday, December 7, 2015

On December 4, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Superior Court’s judgment upholding the jury’s verdict in favor of Cooch and Taylor’s client, Professional Investigating and Consulting Agency (“PICA”), and against Hewlett Packard.

Cooch and Taylor’s Blake Bennett argued the appeal on December 2, 2015, and the Supreme Court issued their order within only 48 hours.  The Order upholds the jury of 12 Delawaraeans’ $6,518,000 verdict following a three week trial in October of 2014.  Christopher Lee and Blake Bennett represented PICA in this Complex Commercial Litigation Division matter before the Honorable Mary M. Johnston.

At trial, Cooch and Taylor’s attorneys established that HP willfully and maliciously stole PICA’s trade secrets, breached the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and defamed PICA.  Pursuant to the Delaware Uniform Trade Secret Act, Judge Johnston also awarded PICA seventy five (75%) of its attorneys’ fees, bringing the total award to over $7,500,000.