Loral Space & Communications Inc. can breathe a sigh of relief today as a U.S. Judge reversed a $283 MIllion award against the company. ViSat Inc. has also requested a court order which would bar further action regarding patent infringement. ViaSat which is a satellite network systems firm, sued Loral in 2012 for breach of contract and patent infringement. In April, ViaSat won their case and the jury award. But early in August, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff struck down the award and set a new date for the damages trial to be held in November. Huff stated that awards for damages are not "exact science." ViaSat's request for an injunction which would bar the use of technology which is the primary issue is still pending.
The initial case stems from a dispute between the two companies who were working to collaborate on a construction project according to the court papers. When the case continues this fall, the award could be increased or decreased.