Ardagh goes to Federal Appeals Court on $50m ruling

Metal and glass packaging giant Ardagh Group said it will “vigorously appeal” to the Federal Appeals Court after a ruling that it should pay $50 million for allegedly infringing on a glass recycling patent owned by licensing company Green Mountain Glass.

“Ardagh Group S.A. notes the Delaware District Court’s ruling of March 8, 2018,” said Ardagh.

“In finalizing the proceedings in the District Court, the trial judge confirmed the jury verdict in that same court in April 2017 against Ardagh’s US glass business (formerly called Verallia North America) in connection with the patent infringement allegations by Green Mountain LLC.

“Ardagh notes the court’s award of pre-judgement interest to the plaintiffs, its refusal to enhance the damages award in favour of the plaintiffs and its refusal to award legal costs to the plaintiffs.

“Ardagh continues to disagree with the jury verdict and strongly believes that the case is without merit.

“Ardagh will therefore now vigorously appeal the verdict to the Federal Appeals Court.

“The case was filed by Green Mountain before Ardagh acquired VNA and customary indemnifications are in place between Ardagh and the seller of VNA.”