Water Treatment Co.’s $12.5M IP Award Too High, Judge Says
Law360, Los Angeles (July 14, 2017, 5:33 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday rejected plant nursery company Houweling’s bid to escape a jury’s finding it intentionally infringed water treatment company CH2O’s irrigation-related patent, but said the jury’s $12.5 million award appears to have been excessive.
U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt issued six minute orders addressing a host of post-trial motions made by both sides in the dispute, which saw a jury find water treatment co. Meras Engineering Inc. and Houweling’s Nurseries intentionally infringed CH2O’s irrigation technology patent. Meras and CH2O reached a post-verdict settlement last month, removing Meras from the judgment.
Most notably, Judge Kronstadt denied the defendants’...
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