Court Sanctions Nutrition CEO, Atty Over False Patent Claims

Law360 (September 17, 2018, 5:49 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has ordered a nutritional supplement developer, its CEO and its attorney to pay a combined $7,500 in sanctions after the court determined that the CEO had lied by claiming that he was the assignee of a patent he had in fact assigned to another company decades ago.

The court ruled that CEO Ahmad Alkayali and his company Certified Nutraceuticals had lied in multiple filings in the company's suit against rival Avicenna Nutriceuticals and that attorney Robert Tauler had failed to investigate whether Alkayali truly was the patent assignee, even after Avicenna told the court that he was...

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