Hallmark Cards Inc. v. Monitor Clipper Partners LLC et al.

Federal Court
8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

The Eighth Circuit affirmed a $31.1 million jury verdict, including $10 million in putative damages, in favor of Hallmark Cards, Inc. against a private equity firm that misappropriated confidential information including Hallmark’s Power Point presentations on consumer behavior which constituted trade secrets. This appellate ruling is merely the latest development in a long-running legal battle between Hallmark and Clipper, coming more than a year after U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith awarded Hallmark $103,000 — slightly under 20% of the greeting card company's $519,000 it sought in court fees.

Hallmark Cards, INC.
Monitor Clipper Partners LLC et al.
Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Other state statute