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A Suit for All Seasons

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A Suit for All Seasons

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Goss lawyers still fighting 'clone' wars

Like Jason in the Friday the 13th horror- movie series, the trade- secrets lawsuit Goss International first filed against a competitor back in 1984 has been given up for dead numerous times -- only to spring back to life and haunt a new generation.

Many industry observers thought the case finally had been killed in February of last year, when U.S. District Judge Charles R. Norgle, sitting here, tossed it out with this stinging remark: "This case has wasted so much judicial time that it would be an abuse of the federal courts to reinstate it." But reinstate it an appeals court did -- and lawyers for the parties will meet soon for yet another stab at a settlement.

Much has changed over 18 years: Defendant Tensor Group Inc. didn't even exist when the suit was first filed, while Goss has gone through four name changes and two bankruptcies, and it no longer manufactures presses in the United States. …

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