January 14th in Gennett History, 1920: Judge Manton Ruled on Victor’s lawsuit Against Starr Piano

January 14th in Gennett History, 1920: Judge Martin Thomas Manton wrote the Circuit Court of Appeals, Second District’s Opinion, which reconfirmed the denial of Victor’s temporary injunction request. He agreed with the District Judge’s earlier doubt regarding Johnson’s prior victory decided by Judge Ray. It became “incumbent upon Johnson, in order to succeed, to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he was, in fact, the inventor.” This decision allowed not only Gennett to continue releasing lateral cut pressing, but sent a clear message to other companies that the courts possessed serious reservations about Johnson’s patent claims.   

Judge Manton

Judge Manton

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