Lawsuits

Trade Only follows developments in lawsuits that can have a significant effect on companies or sections of the worldwide marine industry.

ITC says Garmin circumvented order

A patent infringement case between electronics manufacturers Garmin and Navico continued to play out in September as the U.S. International Trade Commission issued two strongly worded public opinions making it clear that it was ruling in favor of Navico.

ITC rules for Navico in patent dispute

The U.S. International Trade Commission denied a request by Garmin — which Garmin had sought until a federal judge could hear the company’s appeal — that would have allowed Garmin to continue importing technology the commission found to infringe on a competitor’s patent until arguments were heard.

ITC issues ruling in Navico-Garmin patent dispute

A patent infringement dispute that Navico Holdings initiated against Garmin’s DownVü scanning sonar products continues to unfold, with the International Trade Commission issuing a limited exclusion order last week modifying the 2015 ruling blocking the sale of the Garmin sonar devices.

Judges grant admiralty protection

A federal appeals court has ruled that an injury suffered on a recreational boat anchored in a shallow though navigable recreational bay falls under admiralty jurisdiction despite a 1972 Supreme Court decision that narrows admiralty’s purview a bit to weed out “absurd” cases that have little to do with maritime commerce.

Appeals court expands admiralty law in diving accident

A federal appeals court ruled that an injury suffered on a recreational boat anchored in a shallow though navigable recreational bay falls under admiralty jurisdiction despite a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision that narrows admiralty’s purview a bit to weed out “absurd” cases that have little to do with maritime commerce.

Garmin and Johnson Outdoors settle patent lawsuit

Garmin International and Johnson Outdoors said today that the companies reached an agreement on a settlement that resolves a lawsuit involving Johnson Outdoors’ patented side scan sonar technology.

Lawsuit alleges Dometic sold defective refrigerators

Hagens Berman, a group that has leveraged successful class-action litigation against giants such as Philip Morris and is taking on Volkswagen for its role in the emissions controversy, filed a class-action suit against Dometic Corp. on April 21, saying the company sold defective refrigerators that can spontaneously ignite on boats and RVs.

Forespar appeals verdict in TruPlug lawsuit

Forespar Products Corp. responded today to a statement from TruPlug and said it is appealing a mid-2015 California jury verdict that awarded TruPlug damages in a lawsuit against Forespar.

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