Sears Seeks New Judgment After $6M Verdict In Wrench Suit

Law360, New York (June 23, 2017, 6:33 PM EDT) -- Sears Holdings Corp. and Apex Tool Group LLC asked an Illinois federal judge Thursday to overturn a jury’s $6 million patent verdict against them, claiming the jury made an emotion-fueled decision unmoored by the law.

Sears and tool supplier Apex — which were accused of selling a Chinese-manufactured copy of a patented wrench design from Illinois-based LoggerHead Tools LLC — argued the jury gave the toolmaker a vastly overinflated award from a verdict that ignored a prior summary judgment finding and was based on a bad claim construction of an invalid patent.

“LoggerHead presented an emotionally charged case that focused more...

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