Georgia-Pacific Consumer Prods. LP v. von Drehle Corp., No. 13-2003 (4th Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP commenced three separate actions against von Drehle Corporation or its distributors, alleging contributory trademark infringement. In the instant action, a jury found in favor of Georgia-Pacific and awarded Georgia-Pacific $791,431. The district court entered a permanent, nationwide injunction prohibiting von Drehle from infringing Georgia-Pacific’s trademark rights, trebled the jury’s award, awarded attorneys fees, and awarded prejudgment interest and court costs. In the two parallel actions, the district courts ruled against Georgia-Pacific. The Fourth Circuit vacated the district court’s injunction and award of attorneys fees and reversed its award of treble damages and prejudgment interest, holding (1) the Eighth and Sixth Circuits’ rulings against Georgia-Pacific rendered the district court’s injunction unduly broad, and the district court is instructed to narrow it to cover only the geographical area of the Fourth Circuit; and (2) the district court applied the wrong legal standards for trebling the jury award and for awarding attorneys fees and prejudgment interest.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on April 15, 2015.