Simonian v. Blistex, Inc., No. 10 C 1201, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Nov. 3, 2010) (St. Eve, J.).
Judge St. Eve denied defendant Blistex’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b) motion to dismiss Simonian’s false patent marking case. As an initial matter, the fact that most of Simonian’s statements were made upon information and belief did not require dismissal. The Court then held that false patent marking, or at least its intent requirement, was subject to Rule 9(b) heightened pleading. But Simonian met that standard by pleading that Blistex allegedly falsely marked its lip-ointment products with an expired patent.