St. Elmo Hawkins, Appellant, v. General Motors Corporation, Chrysler Motors Corporation, and George R. Jones, T/a Beale and Jones, Appellees, 427 F.2d 148 (4th Cir. 1970)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 427 F.2d 148 (4th Cir. 1970) Argued April 9, 1970
Decided May 21, 1970

John Douglas Clark and Alfred W. Trueax, Arlington, Va., for appellant.

Preston C. King, Jr., Washington, D. C. (John T. Hazel, Jr., Fairfax, Va., and James C. Gregg, Washington, D. C., on brief), for appellee George R. Jones.

Warren E. Finken, Detroit, Mich. (George E. Frost, William A. Schuetz, Detroit, Mich., Charles R. Engle, William R. Perlik, and Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Washington, D. C., on brief), for appellee General Motors Corp.

Don K. Harness, Detroit, Mich. (Harness, Dickey & Pierce, Detroit, Mich., William A. Moncure and Richard, Moncure & Whitehead, Alexandria, Va., on brief), for appellee Chrysler Motors Corp.

Before SOBELOFF, BRYAN and CRAVEN, Circuit Judges.


St. Elmo Hawkins has sued his former patent attorney, General Motors Corporation and Chrysler Corporation for misappropriation of an invention. The trial judge afforded plaintiff every opportunity to prove his allegations, but Hawkins was able to demonstrate neither the existence of a conspiracy nor actionable negligence on the part of the attorney. Finding no error in the District Court's disposition of this case, the judgment is