"If big companies believe they can violate agreements with immunity because a startup can’t afford to sue them, it is bad news for every startup in the ecosystem," writes Josh Kopelman, founder of Philadelphia-based First Round Capital, here at RedEyeVC.com.
But "after 18 months in court, a nine-person jury found Best Buy liable for misappropriation of TechForward’s trade secrets and breach of contract, and returned a verdict of $22 million in favor of TechForward," a First Round portfolio company that said Best Buy flirted with, stole and exploited the smaller firm's technology. "The jury also found by clear and convincing evidence that Best Buy did so willfully and maliciously, so the judge awarded an additional $5 million in punitive damages."