Inventor Nabs Millions From Home Depot In Patent Spat

Law360 (May 12, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT) -- Home Depot USA Inc. has been ordered to pay an additional $5.8 million on top of a $15 million jury award in a lawsuit that accused the hardware giant of stealing a man's invention for a radial arm saw safety device.

Judge Daniel Hurley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued the ruling at a hearing Monday, ordering Home Depot to pay an additional $3 million in punitive damages for willfully infringing the man's patent and $2.8 million in attorneys' fees.

The man, Michael Powell, was an independent contractor for Home Depot for 20 years when...

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