Judge OKs Craisin Monopoly Suit Against Ocean Spray

Law360, New York (April 8, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT) -- Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. must face allegations it used improper business tactics by filing a baseless patent infringement suit against competitor Decas Cranberry Products Inc., a Massachusetts judge ruled.

Judge Rya W. Zobel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts denied Ocean Spray's motion for summary judgment on counterclaims made in a suit the cranberry giant filed against Decas in October 2008.

Ocean Spray alleges Decas violated a 1994 patent for the process behind its blockbuster sweet dried cranberry product Craisins, which are...
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