Mountain View, CA (November 5, 2015) – Fenwick copyright litigation co-chair Andrew Bridges was recognized by The National Law Journal among attorneys who developed the top litigation strategies of 2015.
Bridges led his clients Giganews, the leading usenet provider in the country, and Livewire Services to victory against a $2.9 billion IP litigation infringement claim brought by frequent copyright plaintiff Perfect 10. In April 2015, he convinced a federal judge to award his clients $5.6 million in attorney's fees over Perfect 10’s protestations that the average fee award in a copyright case is $218,000.
"I like to joke that I have a secret weapon that I come into court with – the actual text of the Copyright Act," Bridges told the Journal.
Rather than taking the typical defense approach taken by online service providers defending allegations of copyright infringement to focus on the safe harbor under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Bridges went straight to the heart of the case and successfully fought the claims of infringement.
“This is a victory on the merits, a substantive finding that Giganews and Livewire had not infringed on any rights in any way,” Bridges said in a statement at the time of the ruling.
Retired federal Judge A. Howard Matz, who presided over part of the Perfect 10 litigation, told the Journal that Bridges' most powerful assets are his judgment and "unflappable professionalism,” adding, "He displays consistent reasonableness, sometimes in the face of an adversary's provocation."
Asked for top trial tips, Bridges said that litigators should “stay focused on the ultimate issues” and not “get distracted by squabbles.”
He also underlined the need to understand the law thoroughly and apply it accurately.
“I stress the clear application of the statutes,” Bridges said. “I often go up against litigants who want to talk about what the law needs to be for their clients rather than about what the law is.”
The full profile is available through The National Law Journal website (subscription required).
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