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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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Homeowners’ Post-Foreclosure Claims Dismissed (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court says homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure have not stated claims for equitable estoppel, constructive fraud or negligence, with allegations that they relied on defendant Bank of America’s representations that the foreclosure sale was ...

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No Diversity Jurisdiction in Insured’s Suit (access required)

The Richmond U.S. District Court grants insurance reciprocal’s motion to dismiss for lack of diversity homeowner’s action to recover $500,000 under a partial settlement with insured homebuilder; the weight of authority holds that a reciprocal has citizenship wherever it has ...

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Patent Suit Mooted by Bankruptcy (access required)

Although plaintiff German corporation had standing when it first sued defendant corporation for patent infringement, plaintiff’s suit became moot after plaintiff pursued bankruptcy in Germany and the appointed insolvency administrator obtained the legal right to sue for patent infringement; the ...

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