Fourth Circuit Vacates Judgment that Found Nonparty Jointly and Severally Liable for Treble Damages

In a trademark infringement suit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland held that the former president of a defendant corporation was the “mastermind” behind the infringing company and held the executive liable for treble damages, along with costs and attorneys’ fees. However, Dr. Krishnamurthy Govindaraj’s name wasn’t included in the complaint, and he wasn’t named as a defendant or served in the litigation.

A panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, consisting of Circuit Judges Agee, Keenan, and Quattlebaum, vacated the judgment for damages and attorneys’ fees against Govindaraj.

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