, Jan. 19, 2011 — The Daily Journal
recognized Bingham’s $1.3 billion jury verdict for Oracle in Oracle v. SAP
as the Top Plaintiffs’ Verdict of the Year for 2010
. In November, a Bingham team led by partners Geoff Howard
and Donn Pickett
helped Oracle win a landmark victory when a jury ruled SAP must pay Oracle $1.3 billion in damages for copyright infringement. The jury awarded the damages after a three-week trial in Oakland, Calif. Oracle filed its lawsuit in 2007 after it discovered SAP had stolen what turned out to be millions of copies of Oracle’s software-related support materials and then resold that software and related services to Oracle’s own customers. SAP admitted its guilt and liability in the matter before trial began. During trial, it was made clear that SAP’s most senior executives were aware of the illegal activity. The verdict has been reported as the largest jury award of 2010, the largest ever for copyright infringement and the 23rd largest of all time for any jury verdict.