News Feed Item

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Client Business Logic Obtains $61 Million Settlement

CHICAGO, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP client Business Logic Holding Corporation obtained a $61,000,000.00 settlement this month in a complex trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract case against Ibbotson Associates and Morningstar, Inc.  The publicly reported settlement ranks as both one of the largest reported Illinois settlements in recent years and is among the ten largest reported settlements involving trade secret misappropriation, according to Orrick.[1]

Business Logic, a pioneer in the 401(k) retirement managed accounts software industry, sued Morningstar (MORN) and Morningstar's wholly owned subsidiary, Ibbotson, for violating the terms of their reseller agreement and misappropriating Business Logic's confidential information and trade secrets to design and develop its own 401(k) retirement account software in 2009. The lawsuit arose out of a 2003 contract wherein Ibbotson agreed to re-sell Business Logic's 401(k) financial retirement portfolio management software. In 2006, Morningstar acquired Ibbotson.

Business Logic had alleged that Morningstar software designers and developers obtained and accessed confidential and proprietary Business Logic software and documentation to create software that would ultimately be used to compete with Business Logic after 2009.  In addition to the settlement figure, the parties jointly stated and acknowledged as part of the settlement agreement that the 401(k) managed accounts software currently marketed and sold by Morningstar was partially developed from Business Logic's managed accounts software.

"After Business Logic spent years developing cutting-edge managed accounts software, Ibbotson and Morningstar misappropriated the software as alleged in Business Logic's lawsuit.  Our client feels vindicated by this settlement," said Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorney P. Stephen Fardy.

His partner, Peter G. Skiko, added, "We believe the settlement amount reflects Morningstar's decision to use knowledge gained during its partnership with Business Logic to compete in the managed accounts market, as we alleged."

Business Logic, which had sought compensatory and treble damages as well as injunctive relief, filed suit in November 2009 and was set to pick a jury on July 7th before Cook County, Ill. Circuit Court Judge Patrick Sherlock.

Business Logic was represented by Messrs. Fardy and Skiko, both Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP partners, along with R. Paul Yetter and Collin J. Cox of Yetter Coleman LLP in Houston.  Ibbotson and Morningstar were represented by Sidley Austin LLP.  Messrs. Fardy and Skiko focus their practice in intellectual property and other commercial litigation.

About Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, a nationally recognized litigation firm in Chicago, is dedicated to resolving contested matters for our clients.  Jury trial experience is the hallmark of the firm.  Our attorneys have tried hundreds of cases to verdict in a variety of complex civil and commercial disputes.  Many large corporations, prestigious institutions, business owners and individuals retain Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP in jurisdictions across the United States.  Since its inception in 1992, the firm has grown to 110 attorneys in 23 practice areas.  Visit our website at www.smbtrials.com.

[1] Pulling Back The Veil: Top 10 Disclosed Trade Secret Settlements, http://blogs.orrick.com/trade-secrets-watch/2013/10/16/pulling-back-the-veil-top-10-disclosed-trade-secret-settlements/. Last updated on October 16, 2013, last visited on July 17, 2014.

SOURCE Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Evan Kirstel is an internationally recognized thought leader and social media influencer in IoT (#1 in 2017), Cloud, Data Security (2016), Health Tech (#9 in 2017), Digital Health (#6 in 2016), B2B Marketing (#5 in 2015), AI, Smart Home, Digital (2017), IIoT (#1 in 2017) and Telecom/Wireless/5G. His connections are a "Who's Who" in these technologies, He is in the top 10 most mentioned/re-tweeted by CMOs and CIOs (2016) and have been recently named 5th most influential B2B marketeer in the US. H...
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of bus...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...
DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that ICOHOLDER named "Media Sponsor" of Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO. ICOHOLDER give you detailed information and help the community to invest in the trusty projects. Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO has opened its Call for Papers. The two-day event will present 20 top Blockchain experts. All speaking inquiries which covers the following information can be submitted by email to [email protected] Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO also offers s...
DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
@DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises - and delivering real results.
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Dez Blanchfield joined the faculty of CloudEXPO's "10-Year Anniversary Event" which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City. Dez is a strategic leader in business and digital transformation with 25 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications industries developing strategies and implementing business initiatives. He has a breadth of expertise spanning technologies such as cloud computing, big data and analytics, cognitive computing, m...
"We started a Master of Science in business analytics - that's the hot topic. We serve the business community around San Francisco so we educate the working professionals and this is where they all want to be," explained Judy Lee, Associate Professor and Department Chair at Golden Gate University, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Kevin Jackson joined the faculty of CloudEXPO's "10-Year Anniversary Event" which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City. Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized cloud computing expert and Founder/Author of the award winning "Cloud Musings" blog. Mr. Jackson has also been recognized as a "Top 100 Cybersecurity Influencer and Brand" by Onalytica (2015), a Huffington Post "Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts on Twitter" (2013) and a "Top 50 C...
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.