Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Management Systems

Term: 2013 Term
Oral Argument Date: Feb 26, 2014
Vote: 9-0
Opinion: Sotomayor
Questions Presented: 

Whether a district court’s exceptional-case finding under 35 U.S.C. § 285 (which permits the court to award attorney’s fees in exceptional cases), based on its judgment that a suit is objectively baseless, is entitled to deference.

Outcome Content: 

The Supreme Court clarified that the Federal Circuit must review a district court’s award of attorney’s fees only under the deferential standard of “abuse of discretion.” This holding reverses the Federal Circuit’s prior rule, under which it closely scrutinized fee awards.

Procedural History: 

Cert. granted 10/1/13. Argued 2/26/2014. Decided 4//29/2014.