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Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

In re John E. Anderson
October 17, 2011
In re Margret Borczyk
October 5, 2011
In re Sarah DiGregorio
September 28, 2011

Judge Pamela S. Hollis

Lakewood entered into an agreement to outsource its box fan manufacturing to Chicago American Manufacturing (CAM). The agreement included remedies for CAM if Lakewood failed to purchase the forecasted amounts of box fans within a certain time period. After an involuntary petition was filed against Lakewood, the Trustee rejected the agreement and brought suit against CAM to enjoin further manufacturing as well as selling any of the unpurchased box fans. The court first determined that the agreement was ambiguous, then interpreted the ambiguous provisions using parol evidence, and concluded (among other findings) that CAM's remedies included a license to manufacture and sell box fans using Lakewood's patents and trademarks. Rejection of the agreement did not terminate that license, and all box fans that CAM manufactured and sold were covered by the license granted in the agreement. Judgment for the defendant on all counts.

Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar

In re Lorenzo J. Brent
September 29, 2011

06 B 06197

Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

09 B 05868,10 A 02239

The Court granted Trustee’s Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s adversary complaint pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), and separately on res judicata and collateral estoppel grounds. The Court found that the Plaintiff failed to sufficiently plead her claims for conversion and declaratory judgment, and that some of the claims raised in the complaint are barred by the doctrines collateral estoppel and res judicata.

Judge Eugene R. Wedoff