The MCUA is a governmental entity responsible for, among other things, wastewater management in Middlesex County and portions of Union and Somerset counties. It services about 750,000 residents and businesses in central New Jersey.
Sometime ago, the MCUA evaluated potential process modifications to its main wastewater treatment plant in Sayreville to reduce the amount of sludge product and minimize transportation, thereby cutting costs. The modification ultimately chosen was based on a patented process known as"biopHast duopHase," which creates a sludge product substantially reduced in volume and water. R3 Management, Ltd. (R3 Management), an engineering firm based in the United Kingdom, held the patent for this technology in the United States and Europe.
On June 21, 2001, the MCUA entered into a licensing and confidentiality agreement with R3 Management wherein the MCUA was granted "a nontransferable, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license" to implement this technology at its wastewater treatment plant. The agreement also obligated the MCUA "to treat as secret and confidential the R3 Management Technology which is disclosed to [the MCUA] by [R3 Management]," and "not at any time to disclose or permit or allow to be disclosed the R3 Management Technology or any part thereof to any third party, except any necessary disclosure to clients and sub-contractors of [the MCUA] or as required by law or court, governmental or administrative order or directive.
Judge(s): Anthony J. Parrillo
Jurisdiction: New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division
Related Categories: Damages
|Circuit Court Judge(s)|
|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|Marc D'Angiolillo||Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP|
|Dara Govan||Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP|
|Jonathan Sandler||Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Frederick Dennehy||Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA|
|Keith Hovey||Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA|
|Daniel Kluska||Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA|
|William Linton||Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA|
|Brian Molloy||Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA|
|Donald Taylor||Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA|