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ePlus Inc. v. Lawson Software, Inc.

United States District Court, E.D. Virginia

March 26, 2013

ePLUS INC., Plaintiff,
v.
LAWSON SOFTWARE, INC., Defendant

For ePlus, Inc., Plaintiff: Craig Thomas Merritt, LEAD ATTORNEY, Belinda Duke Jones, Henry Irving Willett, III, Paul Wilbur Jacobs, II, Rowland Braxton Hill, IV, Samuel Perry Coburn, Christian & Barton LLP, Richmond, VA; David Michael Young, LEAD ATTORNEY, April Elise Weisbruch, Goodwin Procter LLP (DC), Washington, DC; Scott Lynn Robertson, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Jennifer Ann Albert, LEAD ATTORNEY, Eleanor Martha Hynes, PRO HAC VICE, Goodwin Procter LLP (DC-NA), Washington, DC; Lana Svetlana Shiferman, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Daniel Mark Forman, Michael Gavin Strapp, Srikanth Kadumpalli Reddy, PRO HAC VICE, Goodwin Procter LLP (MA-NA), Boston, MA.

For Lawson Software, Inc., Defendant: Daniel William McDonald, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Eric Ronald Chad, PRO HAC VICE, Merchant & Gould PC, Minneapolils, MN; Christopher Dean Dusseault, Jason Charn-Jieh Lo, Timothy Patrick Best, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (CA-NA), Los Angeles, CA; Dabney Jefferson Carr, IV, Troutman Sanders LLP (Richmond), Richmond, VA; Daniel James Thomasch, Josh Krevitt, Richard William Mark, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (NY-NA), New York, NY; Donald Robert Dunner, PRO HAC VICE, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, Washington, DC; Erika Harmon Arner, PRO HAC VICE, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP (VA-NA), Reston, VA; Megan Conway Rahman, Robert Armistead Angle, Timothy James St. George, Troutman Sanders LLP, Troutman Sanders Bldg, Richmond, VA; Sarah Elizabeth Simmons, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Dallas, TX; Stephen Dennis Otero, Capital One Services LLC, Richmond, VA.

For ePlus, Inc., Counter Defendant: Craig Thomas Merritt, LEAD ATTORNEY, Henry Irving Willett, III, Samuel Perry Coburn, Christian & Barton LLP, Richmond, VA; David Michael Young, LEAD ATTORNEY, Goodwin Procter LLP (DC), Washington, DC; Scott Lynn Robertson, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Eleanor Martha Hynes, PRO HAC VICE, Goodwin Procter LLP (DC-NA), Washington, DC; Michael Gavin Strapp, Srikanth Kadumpalli Reddy, PRO HAC VICE, Goodwin Procter LLP (MA-NA), Boston, MA.

For Lawson Software, Inc., Counter Claimant: Christopher Dean Dusseault, Jason Charn-Jieh Lo, Timothy Patrick Best, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (CA-NA), Los Angeles, CA; Dabney Jefferson Carr, IV, Troutman Sanders LLP (Richmond), Richmond, VA; Daniel William McDonald, Eric Ronald Chad, PRO HAC VICE, Merchant & Gould PC, Minneapolils, MN; Daniel James Thomasch, Josh Krevitt, Richard William Mark, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (NY-NA), New York, NY; Donald Robert Dunner, PRO HAC VICE, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, Washington, DC; Erika Harmon Arner, PRO HAC VICE, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP (VA-NA), Reston, VA; Megan Conway Rahman, Robert Armistead Angle, Troutman Sanders LLP, Troutman Sanders Bldg, Richmond, VA; Sarah Elizabeth Simmons, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Dallas, TX; Stephen Dennis Otero, Capital One Services LLC, Richmond, VA.

For ePlus, Inc., Counter Defendant: Craig Thomas Merritt, Henry Irving Willett, III, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Samuel Perry Coburn, Christian & Barton LLP, Richmond, VA; David Michael Young, LEAD ATTORNEY, Goodwin Procter LLP (DC), Washington, DC; Scott Lynn Robertson, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Eleanor Martha Hynes, PRO HAC VICE, Goodwin Procter LLP (DC-NA), Washington, DC; Michael Gavin Strapp, Srikanth Kadumpalli Reddy, PRO HAC VICE, Goodwin Procter LLP (MA-NA), Boston, MA.

For Lawson Software, Inc., Counter Claimant: Daniel William McDonald, LEAD ATTORNEY, Eric Ronald Chad, PRO HAC VICE, Daniel William McDonald, Merchant & Gould PC, Minneapolils, MN; Christopher Dean Dusseault, Jason Charn-Jieh Lo, Timothy Patrick Best, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (CA-NA), Los Angeles, CA; Dabney Jefferson Carr, IV, Troutman Sanders LLP (Richmond), Richmond, VA; Daniel James Thomasch, Josh Krevitt, Richard William Mark, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (NY-NA), New York, NY; Donald Robert Dunner, PRO HAC VICE, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, Washington, DC; Erika Harmon Arner, PRO HAC VICE, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP (VA-NA), Reston, VA; Megan Conway Rahman, Robert Armistead Angle, Troutman Sanders LLP, Troutman Sanders Bldg, Richmond, VA; Sarah Elizabeth Simmons, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Dallas, TX; Stephen Dennis Otero, Capital One Services LLC, Richmond, VA.

For ePlus, Inc., Counter Defendant: David Michael Young, LEAD ATTORNEY, Goodwin Procter LLP (DC), Washington, DC; Henry Irving Willett, III, LEAD ATTORNEY, Henry Irving Willett, III, Samuel Perry Coburn, Christian & Barton LLP, Richmond, VA; Jennifer Ann Albert, Scott Lynn Robertson, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Eleanor Martha Hynes, PRO HAC VICE, Goodwin Procter LLP (DC-NA), Washington, DC; Lana Svetlana Shiferman, LEAD ATTORNEY, Michael Gavin Strapp, Srikanth Kadumpalli Reddy, PRO HAC VICE, Goodwin Procter LLP (MA-NA), Boston, MA.

OPINION

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MEMORANDUM OPINION

Robert E. Payne, Senior United States District Judge.

This matter is before the Court on Lawson Software, Inc.'s (" Lawson" ) MOTION

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TO STRIKE EXPERT OPINIONS OF DR. KEITH UGONE (Docket No. 892). For the reasons below, the motion will be denied as to testimony about disgorgement of profits and denied as moot as to testimony about cost savings.

PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND

On January 27, 2011, following a two-week trial, a jury returned a verdict of infringement in favor of ePlus Inc. (" ePlus" ) and against Lawson finding that several claims of three of the patents-in-suit had been infringed. On May 23, 2011, the Court issued a permanent injunction as part of the remedy for the infringement, enjoining Lawson and " any person in active concert or participation with them . . . from directly or indirectly making, using, offering to sell, or selling within the United States or importing into the United States" certain product configurations and services. Injunction Order (Docket No. 729). On September 9, 2011, ePlus filed a Motion to Show Cause, alleging that Lawson was in contempt of the Injunction Order. (Docket No. 798). The focus of ePlus' contempt motion concerned an application of one of the infringing system configurations, Requisition Self-Service (" RSS" ). Lawson redesigned this application and created Requisition Center (" RQC" ). ePlus alleges that the new RQC product is not colorably different from RSS.[1]

On February 16, 2012, ePlus filed its MOTION TO STRIKE TESTIMONY OF LAWSON ECONOMIC EXPERT JONATHAN D. PUTNAM CONCERNING AWARD OF ROYALTY AND UNOPPOSED REQUEST FOR EXPEDITED BRIEFING (Docket No. 902), contending that Dr. Putnam's testimony concerning reasonable royalty rates should be stricken because his calculations were based on Dr. Mangum's calculations. Lawson filed an opposition, and ePlus filed a reply.

In the meantime, ePlus's expert Dr. Keith Ugone filed a report suggesting that disgorgement would be the appropriate measure of damages should the Court find Lawson in contempt. Ugone Rpt. (Docket No. 869). Dr. Ugone argued that ePlus should either be awarded the profits that Lawson made because of its use of RQC or the costs that Lawson saved by not complying with the Court's Injunction Order. Id. On February 15, 2012, Lawson filed its MOTION TO STRIKE EXPERT OPINIONS OF DR. KEITH UGONE (Docket No. 892) and supporting memorandum, objecting to Dr. Ugone's testimony on the ground that disgorgement is a punitive remedy, and arguing that such remedies are inappropriate in civil contempt proceedings. The opposition and reply to Lawson's motion were filed shortly thereafter.

On February 29, 2012, the Court heard argument on both Lawson's and ePlus's motions. The Court granted ePlus's motion, striking Dr. Putnam's testimony on reasonable royalty rates, on March 3, 2012 (Docket No. 944).

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The foregoing facts form the basic context for the assessment of Lawson's motion to strike. The parties' arguments will be addressed in turn. Other facts will be found in the discussion ...


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