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K-C, P&G settle lawsuits.

A series of legal disputes was recently settled between the two largest U.S. diaper manufacturers, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH and Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, TX. Included in the disputes were an antitrust action filed against P&G, several patent lawsuits in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and rights to technology and other considerations.

According to the New York Times (May 4, 1992), K-C agreed to drop the antitrust case against P&G that had been scheduled to go to court last month. The agreement settles almost seven years of court battles between the two companies.

One of the lawsuits, which originated in 1985, involved a patent for heat shrinkable material used in waist and legband elastic that P&G claimed had been infringed by K-C; K-C countered a year later with an antitrust suit that P&C was attempting to create a monopoly in the diaper market.
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Title Annotation:Kimberly-Clark Corp., Procter & Gamble Co.
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jun 1, 1992
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