AT&T was alleged to have breached the fiduciary duties it owed to AtHome by misappropriating AtHome’s trade secrets and building a high-speed network using those secrets after AtHome filed for bankruptcy in September 2001.

The Focal Point’s Role

AtHome was represented by a team of lawyers led by Joseph Allerhand of Weil, Gotshal & Manges of New York and Allen Ruby of Ruby & Schofield in San Jose. The Focal Point collaborated with these legal teams, providing trial strategy and graphics expertise in preparation for trial. Persuasive graphics and case strategy devised by The Focal Point clearly illustrated AT&T’s fraudulent practices and contributed to the settlement of the case.


AT&T agreed to pay $340 million and to release $60 million more in a settlement with AtHome Bondholders’ Liquidating Trust.


Superior Court of California (Santa Clara County)

The Focal Point’s Clients


Joseph Allerhand

Allen Ruby (Skadden)