The judge ruled that Plumberex “deliberately copied” Truebro's Lav-Guard® product and ordered Plumberex to immediately stop the sale of its Pro-2000 products and any other products infringing Truebro's patents. Altogether, the court found that Plumberex infringed on 32 claims of six patents in the Truebro patent estate.
On the false advertising claim, Swartwood prohibited Plumberex and Futura Sales Inc., also named in the suit, as well as others working with them from advertising that Plumberex's original Handy-Shield and Pro-2000 products are ADA-compliant, as long as the company advertises the use of and/or supplies cable ties with such products.
The court found other instances of false advertising, and ordered Plumberex to immediately stop such advertising and to inform its distributors and sales representatives by letter of the specific false claims published in its literature.
Truebro brought action against Plumberex immediately after the introduction of its Pro-2000 product in early 2000, stating that the product was a knock-off of the Lav-Guard and infringed on Truebro's patents. Plumberex responded with a counterclaim, claiming that Truebro infringed on Plumberex's patents and copyrights. The judge rejected both claims. The court ruled that Truebro's patents were valid, and doubled the damages against Plumberex for willful patent infringement.
Plumberex issued the following statement: “Plumberex has succeeded in defending and upholding its original patents as the original innovator of the ADA Handy-Shield products. However, Plumberex has also received an unfavorable decision against the sale of Pro-2000 products in a U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. We intend to vigorously appeal this decision.”