1-800 Contacts Uses IP Attacks To Quash Rivals: Suit

Law360, New York (June 7, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT) -- Lens.com Inc. slapped 1-800 Contacts Inc. with an antitrust suit in Nevada on Monday, accusing the rival contact lens seller of using dubious trademark infringement allegations to stifle competition. 

Lens.com's complaint says that the defendant filed 15 "predominantly sham lawsuits" against competitors between 2005 and 2010 and asserted baseless claims with the intent to "harass, neutralize and vanquish" rivals. 

The complaint includes three counts that invoke the Sherman Act, one alleging horizontal restraint of trade, the second alleging unlawful maintenance of a monopoly, and the third...
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