Becton Fights Antitrust Claims By Rival Syringe Maker

Law360, New York (October 12, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT) -- Syringe maker Becton Dickinson and Co. has asked a judge to toss antitrust claims from a suit brought against it by competitor Retractable Technologies Inc., saying Retractable released Becton from future antitrust claims in a 2004 settlement of a patent infringement spat between the two companies.

Becton’s motion, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, asserts that Retractable’s 2004 release, following a $100 million payoff, freed Becton from any future claims by Retractable except for patent infringement claims.

Retractable claimed...
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