The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio abused its discretion in amending a judgment to hold a corporate officer liable for attorneys’ fees assessed against his company immediately upon permitting amendment of the pleading to add the officer as a defendant in his individual capacity, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled April 25 (Donald E. Nelson v. Adams USA Inc., et al., No. 99-502, U.S. Sup.).

The court reversed a ruling by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirming the Ohio court’s decision imposing fees on Donald E. Nelson in a patent infringement suit brought by his company, Ohio Cellular Products Corp. (OCP) against Adams USA Inc.

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