Ex-Peterson lawyer, patent attorneys at odds over fees, share of Gerchen Keller 3rd party loan in patent lawsuit
A lawyer who led the defense of Drew Peterson has launched a court fight with a pair of prominent Chicago patent litigation lawyers, saying the Chicago firm of Niro McAndrews owes him more than $32 million for allegedly horning in on a patent lawsuit against the makers of supermarket canned soup dispensers, while maneuvering to secure a chunk of a financing deal through leading lawsuit financier Gerchen Keller Capital, and cutting him and another attorney out of the case altogether.
Sportfuel Inc., a nutrition consulting firm in Chicago’s western suburbs which says it has worked with several Chicago professional sports teams and other “elite” athletes and athletic organizations “worldwide,” has sued Pepsico and Gatorade, saying one of the companies’ newer Gatorade marketing slogans has ripped off the consulting firm’s name and identity.
The makers of the iconic Weber backyard grill may get their chance to prove at trial Sears intentionally aped the Weber design for its own store-brand grills, after a federal judge said there may be more than just smoke to Weber’s infringement claims against the retailer. Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products, creator of the eponymous Weber Grill, filed suit in federal court in 2013 against Sears, alleging some Kenmore grills infringe on Weber’s trade dress.