Court dismisses complaint against JACO
JACO Environmental, Inc. of Everett,
Washington (JACO) has prevailed in
a lawsuit brought by Appliance Recycling
Centers of America/California (ARCA).
The Complaint, filed in the United
States District Court in Santa Ana,
California in November of 2004, alleged
that JACO unlawfully patented and
unlawfully claimed development of
JACO’s refrigerator and freezer recycling
process, and that ARCA had been competitively
harmed by JACO’s statements and patent.
JACO, represented by Hendricks & Lewis,
PLLC, of Seattle, Washington, and
Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley
of Los Angeles, California, contested
ARCA’s allegations and, on January
6, 2009, Chief Judge Alicemarie H.
Stotler issued an order of summary
judgment and a judgment of dismissal
that provided in part: “It is Ordered
and Adjudged: that plaintiffs (ARCA)
shall take nothing from defendants
(JACO), that judgment for defendants
is granted and that defendants (JACO)
shall recover their costs of suit.”
“We are very pleased with the Court’s
decision and happy to put this behind
us,” said JACO president Terry Jacobsen.
Recycling household appliances, including
refrigerators and freezers, is a
major part of JACO’s business.