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Court Applies Liquidated Damages Clause (access required)

In this contract dispute arising out of defendant’s alleged breach of a maritime contract for delivery of two gantry container cranes to plaintiff terminal in Portsmouth, the Norfolk U.S. District Court grants defendant’s motion to limit plaintiff terminal’s recoverable damages ...

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Arbitration Ordered for Patent License Claim (access required)

A Norfolk U.S. District Court decides the threshold question of arbitrability and directs the two sides in a dispute over an agreement to license patents for genetically engineered plant cells to arbitrate their dispute, but the court maintains jurisdiction and ...

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Patent Claim Pressed in Slow Cooker Case (access required)

In this patent infringement action involving slow cookers, a Richmond U.S. District Court considers the parties’ cross-motions for summary judgment and grants summary judgment for defendant Sunbeam Products and denies summary judgment to plaintiff Hamilton Beach Brands. The ‘928 patent ...

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Claim Construction Outlined in Search Engine Case (access required)

In this litigation over plaintiff company’s complaint that AOL, Google and other defendants have used their search advertising systems to infringe two of plaintiff’s patents, the Norfolk U.S. District Court issues an order after holding a claim construction hearing. Plaintiff ...

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Trademark Violator Owes Attorney’s Fees (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court says defendant “spice” company intentionally violated plaintiff tobacco company’s trademarks for plaintiff’s cigarette brand “NEWPORT” with its similarly packaged product called “NEWPROT,” and rules in plaintiff’s favor on all counts and awards attorney’s fees in ...

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