Hillman, Ilco Implicated In Key Machine Monopoly

Law360, New York (May 5, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT) -- An Ohio-based maker of automatic key cutters has accused industry heavies The Hillman Group Inc. and Kaba Ilco Corp. of illegally using their heft to dominate the market for the machines, a fixture in thousands of Wal-Marts, Home Depots, Lowe's and other big-box stores.

Hillman and Ilco conspired to drive out the upstart Hy-Ko Products Inc. from the market by warning customers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that Hy-Ko would likely be mired in patent litigation over its machines, the company said in a suit filed...
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