Russ Meyer is a highly respected trial attorney whose primary practice is in the areas of intellectual property and business litigation. He has represented some of the largest companies doing business in the United States, including LG Electronics USA, Inc.; Hyundai Motor America; Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.; Borden, Inc.; Evenflo Company, Inc.; Phillips Petroleum Co.; Jaguar Cars, Inc.; HKS; and Noma International, Inc.
Mr. Meyer served as trial counsel for:
- Hyundai Motor America in a patent infringement case that was tried to a jury in the Eastern District of Texas. The case involved the alleged infringement of two business method patents by Hyundai. Mr. Meyer obtained a verdict of non-infringement with regard to Hyundai's "Build Your Own" software (Plaintiff's damage models were as high as $595 million). In Orion IP, LLC v. Hyundai Motor America, 605 F.3d 967 (Fed. Cir. 2010), the Federal Circuit held that the trial evidence demonstrating the invalidity of a second "Electronic Parts Catalog" patent was so "overwhelming" that "a reasonable jury would not have a legally sufficient evidentiary basis to find that the claims at issue were not anticipated." The result was a complete victory for Hyundai.
- LG Electronics in litigation in the Western District of Arkansas involving a multi-state scheme by a reseller to utilize hotel chain credit cards to purchase electronic products and resell them to unsuspecting third parties.
- Samsung Electronics America, Inc. in the successful defense of national class action litigation involving the amount of memory available on MP3 players, as well as the hard disk and flash drives of various other consumer electronic products.
- Multiple Samsung entities in the successful defense of litigation in the Northern District of Texas involving claims that a memorandum of understanding constituted a valid and enforceable contract and that Samsung's use of V-Chip technology infringed a method and apparatus patent for editing the output of a television set.
- Designetics Associates, Inc. v. HKS, Inc., Civil Action No. 3-91-697, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota: Served as lead counsel for HKS, one of the largest architectural firms in the country, in litigation relating to the allocation of design fees for what was to become a new 72-story headquarters building for IDS in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Nordstrom, Inc., Denon Electronics USA, LLC, Kohl's Department Stores, Inc., and Walgreen Co. in a patent infringement case in the Eastern District of Texas. The case concerned two business methods patents, involving a computer assisted parts sales method and an electronic proposal preparation system.
- Borden, Inc. in a $15 million breach of contract/predatory pricing claim brought in the Southern District of Texas by the largest distributor in the company's history. Mr. Meyer secured and maintained a summary judgment for Borden. W.G. Pettigrew Distributing Co. v. Borden Inc., 976 F. Supp. 1043 (S.D. Tex 1996), aff'd, No. 97-44010 (summary calendar) (5th Cir., Sept. 8, 1997).
- Costco Wholesale Corporation in a patent case brought against in the Eastern District of Texas involving the alleged infringement by Costco's websites of two business method patents.
- Phillips Petroleum Co. in suit challenging a series of orders requiring Phillips to pay additional royalties on offshore natural gas production for an eleven year period. Obtained judgment on appeal reversing action of U.S. Minerals Management Service on the grounds that the "Procedure Paper" on which it based its action was a substantive rule promulgated in violation of the federal Administrative Procedure Act. Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Nick L. Kelley, et al., Civil Action No. 3:89-1707-H (N.D. Tex.), rev'd, Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Johnson, 22 F.3d 616 (5th Cir. 1994), cert den'd sub nom., Philips Petroleum Co. v. Johnson.
- One of the largest manufacturers of firearms accessories in the country in a patent infringement case brought against it in the Northern District of Texas. The plaintiff alleged that rail cover systems manufactured by the company for use on military weapons infringed its patent.
In pursuing these matters, Mr. Meyer has appeared before federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States and in the state courts of Texas. In addition, he is currently serving his second consecutive term as Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Court Rules.
A list of additional cases in which Mr. Meyer has served as trial counsel is available upon request.
From 1968-1970, Mr. Meyer served on active duty (Regular Army) in the United States Army.
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Mr. Meyer is a member of the American Bar Association, Litigation Section; the State Bar of Texas, Court Rules Committee (2003-present); the District of Columbia Bar Association; and the Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation Section. He is also a Life Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation. Mr. Meyer has served as the Chair of the State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee since 2009. He served as its Vice-Chair from 2008-2009 and as the Chair of the Pre-Trial Rules Subcommittee from 2005-2008.
Mr. Meyer is active in the Boy Scouts of America. He served as a member of the Circle Ten Council's Sporting Clays Shoot Committee. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 838 (Saint Rita Catholic Church), and he helped form Cub Scout Pack 791 at J.T. Saldivar Elementary School. He is a member of the Dallas Diocese's Catholic Committee on Scouting and serves as a counselor for its Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII programs. He is a BSA and NRA certified shooting instructor, and has served as both a Philmont and Northern Tier Trek Advisor, where he guided Scouts on hiking trips in New Mexico, canoeing trips in Canada, and dog-sledding trips in Northern Minnesota.
Mr. Meyer is a member of the Saint Rita Catholic Church and serves as a Eucharistic Minister. He also served as an assistant football coach at Saint Rita for ten years.
Mr. Meyer actively participates in the shooting sports. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Gun Club (1992-2001); as its President (1998-1999); its Vice-President (1994-1995); and its Secretary (1997-1998).
Mr. Meyer is a Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Trustee Emeritus (elected 1993) and a Life Sponsor. He served as a member of DU's National Development Committee and as its Texas Major Donor Campaign Chairman (2006-2007); the Texas State Chairman (1989-1992); a National Trustee (1988-1992); a member of Texas State Council (1987-Present); and both a Dallas Area Chairman and Dinner Chairman (1985).
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In 2004, Mr. Meyer was awarded the St. George Medal by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, acting through the Dallas Diocese. In addition, he received the Langlanais Light of Scouting Award for his work with Boy Scout Troop 838 of the Circle Ten (Dallas area) Council. Mr. Meyer has also received numerous awards for his work with Ducks Unlimited.
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Mr. Meyer is an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the Southern Methodist University School of Law, where he has taught for 20 years.
Mr. Meyer served as Faculty at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy: National Session in Boulder, Colorado (1987); Southern Regional in Dallas, Texas (1987-1994); and Deposition Program in Dallas, Texas (1991). He was also a faculty member at the Third Annual Dallas Bar Association Trial Skills Course in 1986.
Mr. Meyer authored the chapter on "Class Action Litigation in the United States" that appears in Design and Manufacture of Products for Sale in the United States, published by the Globalaw Product Liability and Toxic Tort Initiative in 2006.
Mr. Meyer has also served as a guest lecturer in Antitrust Law & Economics at the Southern Methodist University Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Meyer has authored the following:
- "Motions to Stay Patent Cases Pending the Completion of Reexaminations by the Patent and Trademark Office," IP Litigation Insider (Second Quarter 2009)
- "Class Action Litigation in the United States," chapter in Design and Manufacture of Products for Sale in the United States, Globalaw Product Liability and Toxic Tort Initiative (2006)
Mr. Meyer's other speaking engagements include the following:
- Lecture, "Lessons Learned From a Patent Infringement Trial in the Eastern District of Texas," Dallas, Texas (October 2007)
- Lecture, "Class Action Litigation in the United States," presented to the combined legal departments of Hyundai Motor Group, Seoul, Korea (June 2005)
- Lecture, "Antitrust Law & Economics," Southern Methodist University Graduate School of Business
- Speech, "Preemption after Geier," Juvenile Product Manufacturer's Annual Meeting (October 2002)
- Speech, "What a Difference a Forum Can Make," Juvenile Product Manufacturer's Annual Meeting (October 2001)
- Presentation, "Srader v. General Motors Mock Trial," Juvenile Product Manufacturer's Annual Meeting (October 2002)
- Commentator, "Corporate Counsel," "Tort & Trial," "Intellectual Property," and "Employment & Labor," Lawcast (1998)
- Featured Commentator, "Non-Binding Summary Jury Trials in Texas" Dallas Bar Association video (1997)
- "The Accountant's Role as a Consulting Expert," Litigation Services Conference, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (1992)
- Moderator, "Recent Developments in Life and Health Insurance Litigation," Eastern Claims Conference (ECC) of Life and Health Insurance Companies, New York: Program Committee (1995)
- Speech, "Charity Care & the Federal and State Tax Exemptions - New National Class Action Litigation," Catholic Health Association Conference, Austin, Texas (September, 2004)
- Moderator, "Life Claims Roundtable," Eastern Claims Conference (ECC) of Life and Health Insurance Companies, New York: Program Committee (1998)
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B.A., Washington and Lee University (VA)
J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
- Member, Texas International Law Journal
Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Meyer served as Law Clerk to Hon. Ben C.
Connally, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
- 1974, Texas
- 1978, District of Columbia
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia