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William Leigh Wilson

William Wilson’s Legal Cases

10 total

  • Athentic, Inc. v. Thomas Kouttoulas, et al.

    Practice Area:
    Copyright Infringement
    Outcome:
    Favorable settlement.
    Description:
    Athentic publishes plat books in many counties in Indiana and Michigan. Athentic alleged that the defendant was using Athentic's maps to create large-size wall maps. The defendant would sell advertising on the wall maps to generate revenue.
  • Northern Electric Company, Inc. v. Patrick L. Torma, Jr. et al.

    Practice Area:
    Intellectual Property
    Date:
    Jun 29, 2007
    Outcome:
    Defendant's verdict reversed on appeal
    Description:
    Torma was a former employee of the plaintiff. While working for the plaintiff as a servo motor technician, Torma collected and collated servo motor repair data in a useful form. The data was collected on company time, but Torma used his own time and equipment to organize the data into a useful compilation. After Torma left the employment of the plaintiff, he kept his compilation. The plaintiff sued for trade secret misappropriation. After trial, the St. Joseph Superior Court determined that Torma had not misappropriated any trade secrets belonging to the plaintiff. Instead, the court found Torma had created a useful compilation on his own from data that the employer still had. The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed, concluding that the organization of the employer's data is not the kind of intellectual exercise that the law intends to protect. On remand, the trial court entered judgment against Torma and awarded damages to the employer.
  • Bridenbaugh, et al. v. O'Bannon, et al.

    Practice Area:
    Constitutional
    Date:
    Sep 18, 1998
    Outcome:
    Plaintiff's favorable decision reversed on appeal
    Description:
    Russ Bridenbaugh, Jim Davis (of Garfield fame), and other Indiana wine enthusiasts filed suit to challenge an Indiana law that permitted Indiana wineries to ship wine to Indiana residents, but made it a felony for any winery outside Indiana to ship wine to Indiana residents. The case was the first lawsuit in the nation to challenge restrictions on direct-shipment of wine on Commerce Clause grounds. After cross-motions for summary judgment, the U.S. District Court entered judgment in favor of the plaintiffs. The District Court found that the law unfairly favored in-state economic interests over out-of-state economic interests in violation of the Commerce Clause. The court also held that the 21st Amendment did not trump the Commerce Clause. The State of Indiana and intervening beer/wine wholesalers appealed. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed, holding that the 21st Amendment trumped the Commerce Clause. The plaintiffs petitioned for certiorari to the US Supreme Court, but it was denied. The holding in the Seventh Circuit's decision was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court in the case of Granholm v. Heald, which held that state laws that permit in-state direct shipment yet prohibit out-of-state direct shipment are unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause.
  • In re the Marriage of S***********

    Practice Area:
    Divorce & Separation
    Date:
    Jun 30, 2006
    Outcome:
    Favorable settlement reached.
    Description:
    Representation of petition in dissolution of long term marriage. Petitioner is prominent executive of a non-profit company that has assets in the tens of millions. Opposing counsel argued company's assets could be included in marital estate. Successfully mediated case with distribution of only marital property. Non-profit's assets were left out of the settlement. [Names redacted to protect parties' privacy.]
  • In re Marriage of H******* and M*******

    Practice Area:
    Divorce & Separation
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2010
    Outcome:
    Mutually agreeable settlement
    Description:
    Worked collaboratively with opposing counsel to assist two physicians bring their marriage to a fair and satisfactory conclusion.
  • In re Marriage of M*********

    Practice Area:
    Divorce & Separation
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2009
    Outcome:
    Mutually agreeable settlement
    Description:
    Assisted physician in dissolution of his marriage. Parties arrived at settlement without the need for any court appearances.
  • In re Marriage of C********

    Practice Area:
    Divorce & Separation
    Date:
    Jan 01, 1993
    Outcome:
    Mutually agreeable settlement
    Description:
    Represented physician in divorce; reached amicable settlement without the need for any contested court hearings.
  • Griman v. Yohn

    Practice Area:
    Civil Rights
    Date:
    Jan 01, 1994
    Outcome:
    Verdict for client
    Description:
    Represented plaintiff in wrongful death action against jail. Case tried to a jury in federal court resulting in plaintiff's verdict.
  • Neff v. Xaver

    Practice Area:
    Litigation
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Outcome:
    Jury trial with verdict less than our last settlement offer
    Description:
    Business dispute between selling shareholder and purchaser.
  • Little i Apps, LLC v. Kreager

    Practice Area:
    Mediation
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Outcome:
    Successful settlement
    Description:
    I served as the mediator in this federal lawsuit between members of an LLC involving trade secrets misappropriation.