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Loggerhead Tools, LLC v. Sears Holding Corp.

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division

June 22, 2017

LOGGERHEAD TOOLS, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
SEARS HOLDING CORPORATION and APEX TOOL GROUP, LLC, Defendants.

          Marcus E. Sernel, P.C. Eric D. Hayes Ian J. Block Katherine E. Rhoades KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP Gregory S. Arovas, P.C. KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP Attorneys for Defendant Apex Tool Group, LLC and Sears Holdings Corporation

          James M. Hilmert WINSTON & STRAWN LLP Attorney for Defendant Sears Holdings Corp.

          DEFENDANTS' APEX AND SEARS' MOTION FOR JUDGMENT AS A MATTER OF LAW ON DAMAGES, FOR REMITTITUR, OR FOR A NEW TRIAL ON DAMAGES

          Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, Judge

         TABLE OF CONTENTS

         Page

         I. BACKGROUND ............................................................................................................... 3

         A. Mr. Bokhart's Expert Report Relied On Unsupportable Theories To Increase His Damages Opinion Above LoggerHead's Maximum Lost Profits. . .................................................................................................................... 3

         B. The Court Excluded Substantial Portions Of Mr. Bokhart's Opinion. . .................. 5

         C. Damages-Related Motion In Limine And Pre-Trial Hearing Matters. . .................. 8

         D. Damages-Related Trial Testimony And Argument. . .............................................. 9

         II. LEGAL STANDARD ..................................................................................................... 10

         III. JUDGMENT AS A MATTER OF LAW ON DAMAGES IS WARRANTED. . ....... 12

         IV. ALTERNATIVELY, THE COURT SHOULD REMIT THE DAMAGES AWARD. . ......................................................................................................................... 15

         V. AT A MINIMUM, A NEW TRIAL ON DAMAGES IS WARRANTED. . ................ 20

         VI. CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................... 20

         TABLE OF AUTHORITIES

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         Baier v. Rorh-Mont Motors, Inc., 175 F.Supp.3d 1000 (N.D. Ill. 2016) ................................ 15, 16

         DeBiasio v. Ill. Cent. R.R., 52 F.3d 678 (7th Cir. 1995).............................................................. 12

         Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. v. Jazz Photo Corp., 394 F.3d 1368 (Fed. Cir. 2005) ....................... 14

         Glenayre Electronics, Inc. v. Jackson, Case No. 02-C-0256, 2003 WL 21639116 (N.D. Ill. July 9, 2003)........... 20

         Liu v. Price Waterhouse LLP, 302 F.3d 749 (7th Cir. 2002) ....................................................... 12, 16

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