Shumaker Manufacturing

A Legal & Industry Review

United States Supreme Court Limits Sanctions Against Tire Manufacturer in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger (April 18, 2017)


In Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, plaintiffs asserted a products liability claim against Goodyear for a tire failure. The parties entered into a settlement agreement, after which plaintiffs discovered that Goodyear did not disclose internal testing reports that were responsive to discovery requests prior to the settlement. Continue reading

Supreme Court Patent Ruling on Global Exportation of Component Parts


The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. raises important issues regarding the extraterritorial effect of patent law on global supply chains. The primary issue in the case is whether the supply of a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad gives rise to liability for patent infringement under § 271(f)(1) of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(1). Continue reading