In the on-going patent disputes between Arlington Industries Inc. and Bridgeport Fittings, Arlington motioned for contempt of court on March 19, 2013, stating that Bridgeport Fittings violated the court's permanent injunction by selling its 38ASP and 380SP Whipper-Snap Connectors. The District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania found in favor of Arlington. In granting Arlington’s motion for contempt, the Court ordered Bridgeport to stop making, selling or offering for sale its 38ASP and 380SP Whipper-Snap Connectors until 2018, when Arlington’s ‘488 patent expires. The ‘488 Patent covers Arlington’s patented SNAP2IT Connectors, including the 38AST, 380ST, and 40 AST.
Arlington’s motion also asked the Court to order Bridgeport to pay two times Arlington’s lost profits and Arlington’s attorneys’ fees, both in an amount to be determined after the hearing on liability. The Court ordered Bridgeport to resolve the amount of Arlington’s lost profits and attorney fees with Arlington amicably, or the court will determine what Bridgeport owes Arlington at a later hearing.
These companies have been locked in this legal battle for years, and this court decision is only the latest in favor of Arlington. According to Tom Stark, president of Arlington Industries, "this is the fifth permanent injunction against Bridgeport to stop it from violating Arlington's valid patent rights." In the coming months, the District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania will determine if Bridgeport owes Arlington additional recompense for damages.