Trials and Arbitration

The University of California wins a jury verdict in strawberry case, then gets blasted by the judge

The University of California wins a jury verdict in strawberry case, then gets blasted by the judge

The University of California secured a resounding victory Wednesday from a federal court jury in a lawsuit claiming that two former professors had infringed on its strawberry patents.

But UC didn’t have much time to celebrate its triumph. A few seconds after dismissing the jury with his thanks, Federal Judge Vince Chhabria of San Francisco uttered words no litigant probably likes to hear. They were: “Now, I have something to say.”

Chhabria proceeded to rip into the university. Although he accepted the jury’s verdict against the professors, he said the trial had come about “almost as much because of the university’s bad conduct as the defendants’ bad conduct.”

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