A 10-year legal battle between Litton Systems Inc. and Honeywell Inc. over the patent and marketing rights to an aircraft navigational device took another surprising turn on Sept. 23, with each side having a significant loss and a major victory and vowing further appeals.

U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer tossed out, as a matter of law, Litton’s patent infringement suit against Honeywell–a suit that once gained a $1.2 billion jury verdict. But, at the same time, Judge Pfaelzer upheld all but $90 million of a $750 million antitrust judgment awarded to Litton in 1998.

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