Federal Circuit Identifies Prejudicial Legal Error in Tamper-Resistant Food Container Patent Case

Boston, Massachusetts – The Federal Circuit recently overturned a judgment of invalidity and ordered a new trial in the case of Inline Plastics Corp. v. Lacerta Group, LLC. The court determined that the district court’s jury instruction on objective indicia of nonobviousness was a prejudicial legal error. The case revolved around patents for tamper-resistant and tamper-evident food containers. In American civil litigation, jury instructions provide the legal rules and guidelines for jurors to follow when reaching a verdict. The judge’s role is to ensure these instructions accurately reflect the applicable law. Attorneys from both sides … Read more

Judge Pauline Newman Celebrates Historic 40th Anniversary on the Federal Circuit with Surprising Honor

On February 28, 2024, Judge Pauline Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) celebrated her 40th anniversary on the bench. A surprise lunch was organized by her current and former clerks to honor this momentous occasion. The original plan for a small gathering quickly evolved into a larger celebration that left Judge Newman pleasantly surprised and overjoyed. Judge Newman has had a remarkable career that has had a profound impact on the intellectual property (IP) community. She is not only a trailblazer and pioneer but also an inspiration to many. … Read more

Camden County Judge Sends Sunrise Beach Man’s Child Rape Case to Trial in Circuit Court

CAMDEN COUNTY, Missouri — A child rape case against a man from Sunrise Beach has been moved to circuit court, according to a recent court ruling. Eric Tennison, 49, is facing charges of First-Degree Statutory Sodomy, Statutory Sodomy, and Incest, brought by prosecutors in Camden County. The decision to transfer the case was made by a Camden County judge on March 4. Online court records indicate that the judge ordered the case to proceed in circuit court. This move comes after a forensic interview conducted in October 2023 at Kids’ Harbor in Osage Beach, where … Read more

Alabama Circuit Judge Shot and Seriously Injured in Domestic Incident: Suspect in Custody

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery County Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick was shot and critically injured on Saturday afternoon during a domestic incident. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the news, stating that law enforcement officers swiftly arrived at the scene and apprehended a suspect within an hour. The suspect in custody is identified as Khalfani Hardwick, the 36-year-old son of Judge Johnny Hardwick who was previously on trial for attempted murder. Khalfani Hardwick ultimately pleaded guilty to the charges in 2017. Assistant Chief Deputy Wesley Richerson stated that the investigation into the incident is ongoing, and … Read more