Fed. Circ. Returns Suit Over Bogus IP Claims To State Court

Law360, New York (May 16, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that a tortious interference lawsuit accusing a waste-treatment chemical supplier of falsely asserting patents to sink a rival business belonged in state court, saying the case didn't pass a jurisdiction bar recently established by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The appeals court overturned a lower court's ruling granting summary judgment to Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., saying the federal court never had jurisdiction to hear the case because the dispute did not have a “substantial” enough connection to patent law to pass muster under...
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