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Qui Tam Suit Over Solo Cup Patent Marks Good To Go

Law360 (March 31, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Solo Cup Co. — maker of ubiquitous disposable cups, lids and plates — has failed to trash claims it marked its products with expired patents, with a federal judge granting the plaintiff, a patent attorney, standing to launch the qui tam action.

Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied Solo’s bid to dismiss the false patent marking suit for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, affirming the plaintiff Matthew A. Pequignot’s right to sue on behalf of the...
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