Prosthetics Maker Can't Dodge Antitrust Claims

Law360 (March 29, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT) -- Prosthetics maker The Ohio Willow Wood Co. Inc. failed Tuesday in its bid to dismiss an Ohio suit accusing it of using fraudulently obtained patents to force competitors into unreasonable licensing deals and stifling the market for gel liners used with prosthetic devices.

Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio rejected OWW and co-defendant Bruce Kania's motions to dismiss Alps South LLC's suit, which accuses the defendants of carrying out a scheme to impede competition in the market for fabric-covered polymetric gel liners used with prosthetic devices.

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