Bird Marella Wins Federal Jury Trial for Samsung On Chip Supply Claims

In a closely watched trial in the memory chip industry, Bird Marella won a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of its client, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

In the trial, Netlist, a California computer storage manufacturer, sought millions in damages for Samsung’s purported breach of a contract from an agreement that the two companies had entered in 2015. Initially, Netlist had alleged more than $50 million in damages, including lost profits, which was reduced when the judge ruled during summary judgment proceedings that Netlist could not recover consequential damages. The remaining damages claims went to a jury. After three hours of deliberation, the eight-person jury found for Samsung on all issues.

The Samsung defense team was led by Ekwan Rhow and supported by attorneys David Hurwitz, Marc Masters, Kate Shin, Christopher Lee, Jong-min Choi, and Joyce Choi, along with paralegals Alison Hyon and Jeremiah Swett, and co-counsel O’Melveny & Myers.

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The victory marks Bird Marella’s most recent jury trial success in defense of the world’s top two semiconductor chip manufacturers. The firm previously prevailed in a nine-figure trial for SK Hynix in 2019.