Grape Growers Got Squeezed: Antitrust, Patent Suit

Law360, New York (November 6, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The California Table Grape Commission violated federal antitrust laws when it squeezed out extra revenue from growers by demanding licenses and accepting royalties on three patents — covering new varieties of grapes — that it knew were invalid, according to a lawsuit filed by three companies which paid for licenses to plant and harvest the patented grapevines.

Growers Delano Farms Co., Four Star Fruit Inc. and Gerawan Farming Inc. filed their nine-claim complaint against the CTGC on Monday, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...
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