Sears, Supplier Hit With $6M Verdict In Wrench Rip-Off Suit

Law360, New York (May 16, 2017, 5:10 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal jury awarded a small Chicago-area business almost $6 million after finding Sears Holdings Corp. and Apex Tool Group LLC infringed two patents for a hybrid pliers-wrench tool, in what the business owner called a “David vs. Goliath case.”

Following an eight-day trial, jurors on Thursday decided LoggerHead Tools LLC’s patents were not invalid and were infringed by Sears and Apex, a tool supplier. LoggerHead was awarded $5.97 million in damages. The following day, the jury returned a verdict finding the infringement was willful.

LoggerHead said it will ask the court to triple the jury’s damages based on the...

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