Oregon Inventor Owes $600,000 in Legal Costs

August 13, 2012

A judge in Eugene, Ore., has ruled that an inventor who sued archery manufacturer BowTech for $40 million but failed to win damages must pay the company’s nearly $600,000 in legal fees.

The Register-Guard reports that the dispute involves a design for an archery bow. Claude Hadley alleged BowTech used his design after turning him down. The company said its design was substantially different and obtained independently.

After a trial in March a jury decided that BowTech did breach a contract with Hadley – although it didn’t say how. The jury found that the breach didn’t do Hadley financial harm, however, so he was awarded no damages.

This week, judge Charles Carlson ruled that state law awards court costs to prevailing parties.

Hadley’s lawyer said the decisions will be appealed.

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