WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A federal judge in Chicago on Thursday agreed that Square D Co. infringed on a late Waynesboro inventor's patent, rejecting the company's appeal of a previous jury verdict and adding interest to award the plaintiff's family $20 million.
Attorney Christopher Lee of Chicago said the judge issued a 20-page opinion in favor of Frank Calabrese, who died of cancer in February, just two weeks after a jury awarded him $13.2 million.
Calabrese's widow, Kathy Calabrese, said Thursday, "I'm pleased, the children are pleased, and I know Frank would be pleased at the judges' ruling. I feel vindicated. That's how Frank felt, too. He never doubted that he would win."
Square D is a division of Groupe Schneider of France, a conglomerate with annual sales of more than $7 billion.
Lawyers representing Calabrese alleged the Chicago-based electronics equipment manufacturer deliberately tried to delay the trial knowing that Calabrese was in critical condition. "They did everything in their power to delay this case," Lee said.