Arkansas Judge Delays GE Lawsuit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A federal judge in Arkansas is delaying an antitrust lawsuit by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries against General Electric Corp.

Judge Leon Holmes on Monday granted GE's motion to stay until a patent-infringement lawsuit by GE against Mitsubishi is resolved.

Mitsubishi accuses GE of monopolizing part of the wind-turbine market and making "baseless" patent-infringement claims to gain a competitive edge. Mitsubishi says GE's conduct jeopardizes its plans for a $100 million wind turbine plant in Fort Smith.

GE has called the claims "meritless and outrageous" and accuses Mitsubishi of violating patents.

Holmes agreed with GE's claim that if it wins the patent-infringement case against Mitsubishi -- then the antitrust case will be moot.

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