Ford, Other Major Car Cos. Sued Over Headlight Patent

Law360, New York (March 9, 2010, 2:38 PM EST) -- Balther Technologies LLC has accused a slew of auto industry heavyweights — including Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Toyota Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co., BMW AG and Chrysler Group LLC — of infringing a patent related to adjustable vehicle headlights.

The Texas-based patent holder filed suit against more than 50 companies Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, claiming they sell products that include an automatic directional headlight system.

Each of the companies is getting rich through the sale of vehicles featuring...
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