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Charles Crueger

Charles J. Crueger, an owner and founding partner of Crueger Dickinson LLC , has nearly twenty years of trial and appellate experience in both commercial and intellectual property litigation. His commercial litigation experience spans from ERISA litigation to complex insurance issues, commercial disputes, director and officer lawsuits, and federal tax refund litigation. His intellectual property practice focuses on patent litigation, where he has represented plaintiffs and defendants in numerous matters both at trial and on appeal. He has tried cases to verdict in bench and jury trials and represented clients in both state and federal courts throughout the country. 

Notable Professional Experience

  • Jammal, et. al., v. American Family Insurance Group, et. al., No. 1:13-CV-437 (N.D. of Ohio) (representing plaintiffs in ERISA class action alleging that defendants denied them retirement and other benefits by misclassifying them as independent contractors).
  • Ludwick v. Harbinger Group, Inc., et. al., No. 15-00011 (W.D. of Mo.) (representing plaintiff in pending RICO class action alleging that defendants defrauded them in the sale of annuities).
  • Roberts et. al. v. Electrolux Home Products, Inc., No. 8:12-cv-01644 (C.D. of Ca.) (represented plaintiff in class action over dryer fires; the case resulted in a beneficial settlement for the class).
  • Feldmann Engineering & Manufacturing Co., Inc.. v. Ardisam, Inc., No. 3:14-CV-00727 (W.D. Wis.) (represented plaintiff in patent infringement action that settled before trial).
  • Ormco Corp. v. Align Tech., Inc., 498 F.3d 1307 (Fed. Cir.) (obtained reversal of adverse judgment and represented plaintiff on remand that resulted in a favorable jury verdict and settlement in excess of $90M; also invalidated patent claims asserted by defendant).
  • Briggs & Stratton Corp. v. Kohler Co., (W.D. Wis.) (represented plaintiff through a jury trial in successful patent infringement action involving small engine technology). 
  • Kestrel Coal Pty. v. Joy Global, 362 F.3d 401 (7th Cir.) (obtained rare reversal of a lower court’s order allowing discovery in the United States for use in lawsuit pending in Australia).
  • Beloit Liquidating Trust v. Grade, 2004 WI 39, 270 Wis. 2d 356 (part of litigation team that obtained favorable result in the leading director and officer liability case in Wisconsin). 
  • Globe Life and Accident Ins. Co. v. United States, 52 Fed. Cl. 132 (successfully defended $8 million tax refund claim following a two-week trial). 
  • American Express v. United States, 47 Fed. Cl. 127 (successfully defended $200 million tax refund claim involving accounting methods for credit card fees).

Selected Publications

  • “The Long Arm of Personal Jurisdiction in IP Litigation”, IP Law360 (October 26, 2010)
  • “A Commentary on the Economic Loss of Doctrine Under the Rule of Cease Electric and Cascade Stone”, 89 Marq. L. Rev. 137 (2005)

University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1997; Order of the Coif; Wisconsin Law Review)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A., with distinction, 1993)