Ocean Spray Hit With Antitrust Claims In Patent Suit

Law360, New York (June 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. has used patent litigation as a tool to corner the lucrative market on sweetened dried cranberries for its popular Craisins, rival Decas Cranberry Products Inc. alleges.

Ocean Spray hit Decas with a patent suit to scare away prospective buyers of the independently held cranberry products maker, Decas said in counterclaims filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

The claims add a new layer to the battle between the companies over Ocean Spray’s claims of patent infringement....
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