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Duracell Sued Over Lithium Battery Jump-Starter Technology

July 10, 2020, 8:54 PM

The creator of a safe lithium car-battery jump starter sued Duracell Co. in Chicago federal court Friday for allegedly ripping off its invention.

Pilot Inc.'s complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois said that retailers traditionally sold alkaline-based jump starters because of concerns about lithium batteries catching on fire. Pilot says it created a “new, safe lithium jump starter” in 2013, and began selling it through Lowe’s under the “Instaboost” brand name, at a time when no manufacturer was offering a safe lithium jump starter and no major retailer was selling one.

The complaint says...

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