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Stone Brewing Fails to Add More to $56 Million Keystone Verdict

Aug. 1, 2022, 7:20 PM

Stone Brewing Co. LLC can’t enhance a $56 million jury award because it couldn’t show MillerCoors LLC knew its Keystone packaging infringed its trademarks, a California federal court said.

MillerCoors had a good faith basis to believe its Keystone packaging emphasizing “Stone” didn’t step on the rights of the San Diego-based brewer, the US District Court for the Southern District of California said. Stone had filed a post-trial motion to treble damages, as well as to tack on disgorged profits and attorneys fees after a jury found MillerCoors infringed—but not willfully.

Judge Roger T. Benitez’s opinion gave the ultimate say ...