SAVANNAH, Ga. (Legal Newsline) – A Georgia company alleges that a competitor is damaging its business with a civil lawsuit filed in Texas.

Chemtall Inc. filed a complaint on Oct. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia Savannah Division against BASF SE for alleged violation of the Georgia Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement Act of 2014 and Georgia Fair Business Practices Act of 1975.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff manufactures polyacrylamide products and that the defendant is a direct competitor. The suit states the defendant is the patent owner of the '329 patent and had the patent issued on false claims that five of its employees were the original and first inventors of the patent matter.

The suit states the defendant filed a civil action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in September 2014 against SNF Holding Co. The plaintiff alleges this suit was filed in bath faith "with the intent to try and obtain money or property from Chemtall by wrongful and fraudulent means, including suppression of evidence showing the invalidity of the '329 patent."

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for compensatory, punitive and treble damages; attorneys' fees, and such other and further relief as the court deems just and appropriate. It is represented by Brent J. Savage Sr. and James D. Durham of Savage, Turner, Durham, Pinckney & Savage in Savannah, Georgia.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, Savannah Division case number 4:17-cv-00186-LGW-GRS

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