August 26, 2013, Scranton, PA.—Arlington Industries announced that Bridgeport Fittings has paid an additional $1.13 million in supplemental damages in their ongoing legal dispute regarding claims that Bridgeport's Whipper-Snap products infringed on Arlington's patents from 2010 through 2011.
Bridgeport was previously ordered to pay Arlington $3.62 million after a jury found that 30 types of Bridgeport’s Whipper-Snap products infringed Arlington’s patent covering its SNAP-TITE products. As part of a settlement, Bridgeport also agreed to pay Arlington its lost profits for an earlier version of infringing snap-in connectors. To date, Bridgeport has paid Arlington nearly $5.1 Million in the legal battle.
In September 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the jury verdict, the third time a court of appeals has ruled for Arlington against Bridgeport.
This past March, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania found Bridgeport in contempt of an injunction that prevented Bridgeport from infringing Arlington’s patent covering its SNAP2IT products. Bridgeport’s 38ASP and 38SP were ordered off the market until 2018. Bridgeport was also ordered to pay Arlington’s lost profits and attorneys fees as a sanction for its contempt.
In response to this latest legal verdict, Tom Stark, president of Arlington Industries, affirmed Arlington's intent to continue to pursue products it believes infringe on its intellectual property.