Toyota Fights Claim Preclusion In Hybrid Patent Spat

Law360, New York (March 17, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT) -- Toyota Motor Corp. is challenging an administrative law judge's initial determination siding with Paice LLC in a Section 337 case over hybrid vehicles, arguing the decision rests on a fundamental legal error regarding claim preclusion.

In a letter sent Thursday to Judge Marilyn R. Abbott of the U.S. International Trade Commission, Toyota said Judge Theodore R. Essex's determination, rendered Wednesday, was flawed because it essentially found “partial claim preclusion” barring only Toyota from relitigating issues it lost in a district court battle over the Prius II,...
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