Attorneys’ fees awards in trademark cases – Appellate court lowers the bar
Abstract: When most people think about what it takes to qualify as “exceptional,” they probably imagine a fairly high bar. That’s not how the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit sees it, though — at least when it comes to the standard for awarding attorneys’ fees to prevailing defendants in trademark litigation. This article discusses a recent trademark law case, in which the court joined most federal courts of appeal in applying a looser test in the wake of a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which had arisen in a patent case. LHO Chicago River, LLC v. Perillo, No. 19-1848, Nov. 8, 2019, 7th Cir.