Renewables, Wind

GE motion denied MHI

24 August 2010– A motion filed by General Electric Co. to dismiss Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)’s allegations that GE was trying to monopolize the market for variable speed wind turbines in the U.S. has been denied.

MHI accused GE in May of embarking on an unlawful anticompetitive scheme to drive Mitsubishi suppliers out of the U.S. market. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court’s Western District of Arkansas. The company is seeking $1 billion in damages.

GE filed a complaint in 2008 accusing Mitsubishi of patent infringement and an administrative law judged ruled there was infringement. However, the U.S. International Trade Commission determined MHI did not infringe on GE patents, and GE sued MHI again based on the initial ruling.

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