ResMan, LLC v. Karya Property Management, LLC

Hogan Lovells obtained a victory on behalf of client ResMan in a federal trade secrets trial in the Eastern District of Texas.

The jury returned a unanimous verdict awarding US$152.29 million damages, consisting of US$32.29 million in compensatory damages and US$120 million in punitive damages.

Property management software company ResMan sued former customer Karya after Karya, working with global software development company Expedien, improperly accessed ResMan’s software to develop Karya’s own property management software. The rival software, named Arya, was developed after Expedien accessed ResMan’s system more than 1,000 times without ResMan’s knowledge or permission. The evidence of this access included recorded teleconferences between Expedien and Karya to analyze the ResMan system and determine which features should be included in the Arya software.

The Hogan Lovells team was led by Houston trial partners Maria Wyckoff Boyce (Picture) and Cristina Espinosa Rodriguez, with support from appellate partner Jessica Ellsworth. Also assisting in the ResMan case were Houston-based senior associates Jillian Beck, Ira Jamshidi, and Lee Whitesell, and associates Jennifer Bevilacqua and Sydney Rupe.

Mike Jones of Potter Minton in Tyler, Texas, served as local counsel.



Involved fees earner: Jillian Beck – Hogan Lovells; Jennifer Bevilacqua – Hogan Lovells; Jessica Ellsworth – Hogan Lovells; Cristina Espinosa Rodriguez – Hogan Lovells; Ira Jamshidi – Hogan Lovells; Sydney Rupe – Hogan Lovells; Lee Whitesell – Hogan Lovells; Maria Wyckoff Boyce – Hogan Lovells;

Law Firms: Hogan Lovells;

Clients: ResMan;

Author: Martina Bellini