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Richard M. Franchi’s entrepreneurial escapades as a Connecticut superior court clerk made a lot of people think, “There ought to be a law.” He was a temporary assistant clerk in the case of Clinipad Inc. v. Aplicare, in which Clinipad accused Aplicare of misappropriating trade secrets it used to sterilize wrapped medical pads. According to court records, he removed and photocopied proprietary documents in the action from the clerk’s office. Franchi, who had no previous familiarity with medical-pad sterilization technology, then applied for and was granted Patent No. 5,044,141, which provided a cool-down period at 60 degrees after the pads were heated. Later, he approached Aplicare lawyer Edward Walsh. “[B]asically he wanted to be paid by Aplicare for the ’141 patent, either through royalties or licensing,” U.S. District Court Judge Alvin M. Thompson wrote in a recent decision. If Aplicare refused, “Franchi stated that he would go to Clinipad and give it an exclusive license to the ’141 patent so that Clinipad could sue Aplicare again.” When he got no response from Aplicare, Franchi threatened to sue its largest customer. Aplicare sued him instead, eventually persuading Thompson it hadn’t infringed his patent. An unusual aspect of the case is that Connecticut authorities could find no ground under state ethics rules to go after Franchi. Thompson had an answer to that. Citing Franchi’s “improper motive” and “bad faith,” he ordered him to pay an as yet undetermined amount in legal fees to Aplicare.- CONNECTICUT LAW TRIBUNE ‘Girl’ gone wild A MAN WEARING a string bikini and woman’s wig when arrested on a drunken driving charge told police that he was on his way to compete as a woman in a contest at a bar. A May trial date was set for Steven S. Cole, 46, of Waynesville, Ohio, when he was arraigned in municipal court. Cole was arrested as he attempted to leave a park in his pickup truck after Mason, Ohio, police received a complaint of an intoxicated man walking and driving around the park. Cole was wearing pink flip-flops and with the top of the bikini filled out by tan water balloons, police said. He told an officer that he was on his way to a bar in Dayton, about 30 miles away, to compete for a $10,000 prize. Cole’s blood-alcohol test registered 0.174%, police said. Other charges include public indecency and disorderly conduct. He pleaded not guilty. “He is obviously humiliated and embarrassed by the entire situation,” said Charlie Rittgers, Cole’s lawyer.- ASSOCIATED PRESS Time out of joint Most people lose an hour’s sleep when clocks spring forward for daylight-saving time. One western Pennsylvania teenager lost 12 days of freedom. Cody Webb, 15, called a Greensburg, Pa., school district hot line to listen to a recorded message about school delays at 3:12 a.m. EDT on March 11, according to his cellphone records. The next day, school officials found that the hot line had recorded a bomb threat from a blocked phone number at 3:17 a.m. School official found a record of Webb’s call, and concluded that the honor student had made the threat, his attorney Tim Andrews said. When Webb refused to confess, he was arrested on a felony charge of threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction, and was jailed for 12 days. It turned out, though, that the school’s recorder was still on Eastern Standard Time, meaning the threat really came in at 4:17 a.m. daylight time � more than an hour after Webb’s call. Now Webb is weighing a wrongful arrest action. “I wasn’t going to admit to something I didn’t do,” Webb said. “Me and God know I didn’t do it.”- ASSOCIATED PRESS

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