Locke Lord Case Listed Among the Most Significant in the Country in the National Law Journal's ‎Top 100 Verdicts of 2013‎

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    March 24, 2014 - Locke Lord's representation of Retractable Technologies, Inc. in its $113 ‎million jury verdict against rival syringe manufacturer Becton Dickinson & Company has been ‎listed No. 17 in the National Law Journal's Top 100 Verdicts of 2013.‎

    Published today, this list ranks cases based on the amount of the jury verdict award. ‎

    In Retractable Technologies Inc., et al. v. Becton Dickinson and Co., Dallas Partner Roy ‎Hardin led a team of Locke Lord lawyers representing Retractable Technologies – a Texas-‎based manufacturer of safety medical devices – in an antitrust and false advertising suit ‎against rival syringe manufacturer Becton Dickinson and Co.‎

    Issued in September, the verdict vindicated Retractable Technologies' claim that Becton ‎Dickinson illegally engaged in anticompetitive conduct with the intent to acquire or maintain a ‎monopoly power in the safety syringe market, and engaged in false advertising under the ‎Lanham Act. The initial $113 million jury verdict is subject to trebling under applicable antitrust ‎law.‎

    Though the monetary award was welcome, Hardin notes that the main focal point for his ‎clients was the safety of health care providers. According to statistics from the U.S. Centers ‎for Disease Control and Prevention, health care workers suffer about 800,000 accidental ‎needlestick injuries every year in the United States. ‎

    “These are the types of incidents Retractable Technologies' products are designed to protect ‎against,” said Hardin, who was recognized as Litigator of the Week by Texas Lawyer for his ‎work on the case. “The ruling will make it easier for Retractable to get more of its patented ‎safety syringes to consumers.” 

    Joining Hardin in representing Retractable were Locke Lord lawyers Steve Wilson, Paul ‎Schuster, Cindy Timms and Mark Backofen.‎

    Locke Lord consistently ranks among American Lawyer's top 100 U.S. law firms. The Firm's ‎full range of practice and industry areas serve national and international clients from offices ‎in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New ‎Orleans, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. It has an excellent ‎reputation in complex litigation, regulatory and transactional work, with its 650-plus lawyers ‎building collaborative relationships and crafting creative solutions – all designed and executed ‎to meet clients' long-term strategic goals.‎

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