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He is a veteran of complex commercial litigation, with particular experience in antitrust, unfair trade practices, trade secrets, confidentiality and IP cases. Press also is a frequent author, blogger and speaker on trade secrets issues.
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For example, in 2015, Press led a trial team that obtained a $26.2 million compensatory damages verdict (as well as punitive damages) for the plaintiff in an action alleging fraud, breach of contract, and unfair and deceptive trade practices against a UK software company. SAS Institute Inc. v. World Programming Ltd. (U.S.D.C., E.D.N.C.). More recently, in 2016, Press obtained a complete defense verdict for his client in an action concerning a chemical fire that destroyed an industrial facility in Detroit. Diversified Chemical Technologies v. Rhein Chemie Corp. (U.S.D.C., E.D. Mich.).
Press has represented both defendants and plaintiffs in antitrust cases tried to verdict in federal courts. For example, he represented two North Carolina insurance company plaintiffs in a monopolization and conspiracy action in which the jury found liability on all claims after a seven-week trial ultimately resulting in a multi-million settlement for plaintiffs. Lawyers Title of North Carolina, Inc., et al. v. Investors Title Co. (U.S.D.C., M.D.N.C.). In another trial, he obtained directed verdict in favor of a defendant-manufacturer on monopoly claims brought against it. Implus, Inc. v. Schering-Plough Healthcare Products, Inc. (U.S.D.C., M.D.N.C.). Among the clients Press has represented in antitrust litigation are Reebok International Ltd., Microsoft Corporation, Societe Air France, S.A., and Rhone-Poulenc Ag Company.
Press has also represented numerous clients in complex class actions including Microsoft, Abbott Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Company, Market America, Inc., and Pozen, Inc. He has litigated over a dozen trade secrets cases for clients including Bayer CropScience, SAS Institute, GlaxoSmithKline, and Overture Services, Inc. Press obtained a complete defense verdict for his clients in TSC Research v. Bayer Chemicals & Lanxess Corp. (U.S.D.C., M.D.N.C.), an action involving allegations of breach of contract and multiple torts, including misappropriation of trade secrets, in connection with a failed effort to market a chemical compound.
Press regularly appears on behalf of clients in the North Carolina Court for Complex Business Litigation where he has represented, among other clients, BB&T Co., MasterCard International, Gilead Sciences, and Sealy Corp.
Press successfully defended the first civil RICO case tried to a jury verdict in North Carolina in South Atlantic Ltd. P’ship of Tennessee v. Riese, et al., 284 F.3d 518 (4th Cir. 2002). Press also has substantial experience in dealing with investigations conducted by and litigation with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as in private securities fraud actions.
Press has been named by Business North Carolina as one of its Legal Elite in both Antitrust and Litigation. In 2003, Press was named Marketing Partner of the Year by the Elite Excellence in Legal Marketing awards.
Press has taught Pre-Trial Litigation at Duke Law School and is a recognized authority on various legal issues related to complex litigation. He frequently lectures other lawyers on the subjects of Antitrust, Unfair Trade Practices, Trade Secrets, Confidentiality and Intellectual Property.
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