Judge Pares Claims In Grape IP, Antitrust Suit

Law360, New York (February 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a case alleging the California Table Grape Commission flouted antitrust laws by accepting royalties from growers for invalid patents covering grape varieties, a judge has tossed antitrust and patent misuse claims. The CTGC still must grapple with unfair competition and unjust enrichment claims.

On Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Judge Oliver W. Wanger handed down a 74-page mixed ruling on the CTGC's motion to dismiss the complaint that was filed by three grape growers.

Growers Delano Farms Co.,...
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