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Goldman Ismail Wins Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement for Tickets.com

May 25, 2012

Attorneys from Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP won summary judgment of non-infringement on behalf of Tickets.com in a patent case filed in the Eastern District of Texas before the Hon. Leonard Davis. The case was brought by a non-practicing entity, CEATS, Inc., represented by McDermott Will & Emery. In April 2010, CEATS sued Tickets.com along with numerous airlines and ticketing companies for allegedly infringing patents on technology for online seat selection. Tickets.com, a subsidiary of MLB Advanced Media, was the only one of the thirty-plus defendants to win on summary judgment.

Following its summary judgment victory, Tickets.com pursued its counterclaims at trial and reached an extremely favorable settlement with CEATS prior to verdict. Goldman Ismail attorneys also achieved favorable results throughout the case, including a sanctions ruling against CEATS for discovery abuses.

“It was a complete win for Tickets.com and we could not be happier with the representation provided by Goldman Ismail,” stated Craig Frost, General Counsel of Tickets.com. “The quality of their services bespeaks the quality of the individuals providing them. Intelligent, strategic and creative: hardball played artfully, ethically and with sophistication.”

The Goldman Ismail team included Alan Littmann, Tarek Ismail, Brian O’Donoghue, and Jennifer Greenblatt.

The case, CEATS, Inc. v. Continental Airlines, et al., No. 6:10-CV-120, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, involved U.S. Patent No. 7,548,869.