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A REMARKABLE SUIT

One of the most remarkable suits on reoord has (writes the New York oorreapoiidbnt of the "Ago")ja»t been ended for the present tt least ; tt began fourteen years ago, and was for an aggregate ef 30,000 OOOdol (or £6.000,000), and In the present decision the claimants get nothing lor their expense, trouble, and long delay. Briefly stated, it was the salt of the Webster Loom Oompany for an Infringement of their patent by a well-known oarpet manufacturer nomed Biggins. Hlpgin. and three othsr carpet manufacturer, formerly held tbe monopoly of certain patents, and all became rich ont of their operations. These patents expired m 1871, and then there was a to>h of manufacturer., aud mills were started all over country to vie the old Inventions and also utilise some new ones. It Is owing to the usa of an intention by Webster that tbe suit In question was brought, and it has been before, tbe courts sinoe 1874. A company wltb 200,000d0l capital was formed to push the suit. Ths doouments In the oase from first to last weighed more tban two tons. One witness was kept twenty mouths on the witness stand, and his testimony fills 2384 printed pages, end Is In answer to 6294 question*. The testimony of another witness oooupled seven months tod filled 1200 printed pages. When the esse oame on for argument 11 days were consumed In disoosalon, and briefs amounting to over 1200 pages were sub mitted, the records and models filled two large Girts, and It took the Master ln Aooounts six months to go through the papers* There have been two decisions of the esse — of course they Were opposed to each other—and this third deolslon leaves the matter open to go to a higher oourt. During the long litigation one of tbe two original defendants has died; both their original counsel have gone the same way, and also one of the/souDsel who subsequently oame Into the oase, The Inventor Webster, whose Invention caused the cult, two brothers named Daokworth, who Invented subsequent Improvements, all the original experts of the defendants and most of those of the plaintiff}, have followed Webster and the oquueel up the golden stairs. The president of the Webster Loom Oompany has spent his entire fortune m the litigation, and others bave met praotioally with tbe same fate. But bave not tbe lawyers made a nice thing out of the business? They may make more yet, as the esse oan be appealed ; bn« before this oan be done somebody must oome forward with money to pay for the necexsary fighting.

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A REMARKABLE SUIT, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2081, 7 March 1889

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A REMARKABLE SUIT Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2081, 7 March 1889

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