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Ward, Smith & Hill Promotes Attorney Andrea Fair to Partner

February 26, 2019

LONGVIEW, Texas – Trial law firm Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC, is pleased to announce that firm attorney Andrea L. Fair has been promoted to partner. Ms. Fair, whose promotion became effective Feb. 1, handles intellectual property and business litigation. She serves on the firm’s trial team, participating in several phases, including picking the jury, directing and cross-examining…

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$43M Awarded to Intellectual Ventures I LLC in Patent Infringement Trial

February 20, 2019

MARSHALL, Texas – A Texas jury awarded $43 million to Intellectual Ventures I LLC after finding telecom heavyweights T-Mobile and Ericsson Inc. infringed on the company’s patents used for wireless services for the LTE network. The jury awarded $34 million against T-Mobile and $9 million against Ericsson. The jury also determined T-Mobile…

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Appellate Court Affirms Judgment Enforcing Five-Year Covenant Not to Compete

January 28, 2019

LONGVIEW, Texas – A Texas appellate court has affirmed a trial court’s ruling in an employment contract lawsuit by oil and gas services company Ma-Tex Wire Rope Company, Inc. against a former employee and his new employer. A panel of judges including Chief Justice Josh R. Morriss III of the Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana affirmed the trial…

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Benchmark Litigation Names Johnny Ward to Top Litigators List, Recognizes Wesley Hill as Future Star

October 29, 2018

LONGVIEW, Texas – Benchmark Litigation, a leading legal guide that recognizes the nation’s best law firms and attorneys, has recognized Ward, Smith & Hill founder Johnny Ward as a top Texas attorney in the 2019 edition for his intellectual property trial expertise. The guide named Mr. Ward a Local Litigation Star. The publication also…

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Wes Hill Provides Insight to Texas Lawbook’s Article on the Status of Patent Lawsuits Filed in Texas

October 12, 2018

The Texas Lawbook recently reported that the number of patent infringement lawsuits filed in the state is seeing a downward trend, with the East Texas docket declining the first six months of this year. Firm Partner Wes Hill provided insight on the patent litigation trends in Texas. While the report states that new patent infringement cases have…

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