Paul Hastings Secures Victory on Behalf of Invensys plc
May 25, 2012
New York, NY (May 25, 2012) - Paul Hastings, a leading global law firm, announced today that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment and dismissal in favor of its client, Invensys plc, a UK-based technology group, in a long-running case arising from the sale of a business.
The dispute arose out of the sale of Invensys' packaging business to glass container manufacturer Owens-Illinois, Inc. in 1998 for approximately $3.6 billion. In 2005, Owens-Illinois, filed suit against Invensys claiming losses in connection with patent infringement lawsuits that were filed after the sale had taken place. Owens-Illinois claimed that Invensys had breached representations and warranties contained in the sales contract and was obligated to indemnify Owens-Illinois for all of the losses stemming from the patent infringement lawsuits.
Paul Hastings argued, among other things, that the losses arose from the post-closing conduct of Owens-Illinois, not from any conduct of Invensys. In June 2010, Judge Louis L. Stanton of the Southern District of New York agreed and granted summary judgment in favor of Invensys, dismissing the case in its entirety and awarding Invensys its costs. Owens-Illinois appealed the district courts ruling, and in a summary order issued on May 23, 2012, the Second Circuit affirmed Judge Stantons decision.
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