RJ Machine Sues Pipe Rival Over Expired-Patent Monopoly

Law360, Los Angeles (July 11, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT) -- Oil pipeline parts maker RJ Machine Co. hit rival Canada Pipeline Accessories Inc. with an antitrust suit in Texas federal Court on Thursday, saying CPA illegally monopolized the market for a particular pipeline component by threatening to sue over a patent that expired two years ago.

RJ Machine wants to sell a part called a 50E flow conditioner, a drainlike metal piece that helps guide oil smoothly through a pipeline, but said rival conditioner manufacturer CPA has created a monopoly by threatening to sue anyone who...
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