JWC Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Franklin Miller

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JWC Environmental, a leading manufacturer of wastewater treatment equipment, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Franklin Miller, Inc. of Livingston, NJ and JBI Water and Wastewater, Inc. of El Dorado Hills, CA.

JWC Environmental, a leading manufacturer of wastewater treatment equipment, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Franklin Miller, Inc. of Livingston, NJ and JBI Water and Wastewater, Inc. of El Dorado Hills, CA in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on August 11, 2006. Case number C06-04864 MMC-U.S. District Court, No. District of California, San Jose Division.

The lawsuit, which identifies Franklin Miller's Spiralift SC® screenings washer products, charges Franklin Miller with willful infringement of JWCE's United States Patent No. 7,080,650. JWCE is asking the court to enjoin Franklin Miller and JBI from infringing the company's patent and for unspecified compensation for damages.

JWCE's patented technology is incorporated in its award winning Screenings Washer Monster® (SWM), which grinds, washes and compacts solids removed from wastewater, producing a cleaner, drier and virtually odor free discharged material.

The SWM includes a dual-shafted Muffin Monster® grinder that preconditions captured solids by reducing their size to allow the washing system to remove soft organics entrained in trash and rags. Soft organics are washed back into the plant flow where they belong while unwanted debris is compacted and dewatered, then discharged into a dumpster, ready for landfill disposal or incineration.

JWCE's product innovation has been recognized several times by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) with four Innovative Technology Awards - the wastewater industry's most prestigious honor. The SWM won the award for 2001 and was recognized again this year when WEF gave the award to the Monster Separation Systemâ„¢, which incorporates the SWM, pairing it with a fine screen for a complete solids removal and processing system.

There are nearly 150 SWMs installed at wastewater treatment plants around the world.

Corporate

JWC Environmental, a privately owned corporation headquartered in Costa Mesa, CA, manufacturers and services a complete line of sewage grinders, high flow fine screens and removal equipment for wastewater treatment. Providing extensive sales, marketing and service support enhances their ability to design custom applications. JWC products include the world renowned Muffin Monster®, Channel Monster® and Auger Monster®, and we have recently added such revolutionary products as the Honey Monsterâ„¢ Septage Receiving Station, Screenings Washer Monster and Monster Separation System, which are all used in a wide variety of municipal and industrial applications worldwide.

Distribution

JWC distributes its products through a global network of independent representatives and distributors. In addition, JWC provides extensive sales and service support through regional and international sales offices and service centers. For more information contact Alec Mackie at JWC Environmental, 290 Paularino Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, voice 800/331-2277, 949/833-3888, fax 949/833-8858, or visit them online at http://www.jwce.com.

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