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Clara Shin Named Litigation "Game Changer" by The Recorder

September 19, 2017

SAN FRANCISCOThe Recorder recognized Covington partner Clara Shin as a “Game Changer” for her successful representation of McKesson Corporation in a half-billion-dollar trade secrets case. Awarded in conjunction with the publication’s California Litigation Department of the Year awards, the recognition highlights individual litigators “who won big where others lost.”

Plaintiff, PSKW, accused McKesson of using its trade secrets to develop the LoyaltyScript co-pay discount program and sought the assignment of McKesson’s LoyaltyScript patents and nearly $500 million dollars in damages and interest. After litigating the case for 8 years with different counsel, McKesson brought in Ms. Shin and the Covington team just five months before trial to reorient and try the case.

The case was tried over three sessions between June 2015 and January 2016, and McKesson obtained a complete defense verdict in February 2017. The court directed the dismissal of all claims, finding that McKesson had independently developed LoyaltyScript and that PSKW’s claimed invention was neither novel nor proprietary. 

Based in the firm’s San Francisco office, Ms. Shin is a first-chair trial lawyer who focuses her practice on intellectual property and complex commercial disputes. She has helped make law in emerging areas by litigating and trying landmark cases and is frequently called upon by clients in late stages of litigation to take matters to trial or reorient the strategic direction of a case.


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