A federal jury has told Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) that it must pay a Texas firm $63.8 million for infringing a wireless technology patent in a new trial that had been ordered by a federal judge.

A jury had ruled against Cisco in a trial last May but awarded Commil USA $3.7 million in damages.

The judge hearing the case in Marshall, Texas, ordered a new trial based on religious comments made by a Cisco attorney during questioning of a Commil executive who is Jewish and lives in Israel and then in closing arguments before the jury, according to Corporate Counsel. The comments referenced eating pork and the trial of Jesus Christ. (Read about the comments here.)

“We know this new award more truly reflects our client’s significant damages as a result of Cisco’s infringement,” said attorney Richard Sayles in a statement. “This verdict further validates Commil’s valuable patented technology.”

In the new trial, Bloomberg news reported that Cisco planned to appeal.

“We are disappointed by the jury’s verdict, but following the two trials in this matter, Cisco has unusually strong grounds for appeal, and we look forward to pursuing them immediately,” the company said in an e-mail sent to Bloomberg.

Cisco employs more than 4,000 people in RTP.

Read the Bloomberg report here.

Read a news release from the firm representing Commil here.

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