6th Circ. Reverses $1.2M Award In Grease Pump IP Row

Law360, Los Angeles (September 12, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Thursday reversed a $1.2 million jury award against Lubecore International Inc. in a suit brought by competitor Groeneveld Transport Efficiency Inc. over Lubecore’s “virtually identical” automotive grease pump, holding that Groeneveld can’t use trademark law to insulate itself from lawful competition.

The decision comes after an Ohio federal jury returned a unanimous verdict for Groeneveld on a trade dress infringement claim and awarded damages of $1,225,000 in October 2011. After the jury verdict, Lubecore appealed the denial of its motion for judgment...
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