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Mitsubishi Heavy Told to Pay GE $170 Million Over Turbines

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. must pay about $170 million to General Electric Co. after a jury in the U.S. found the company infringed a wind-turbine patent.

Mitsubishi Heavy, Japan’s biggest heavy-machinery maker, will challenge the verdict and seek to have the GE patent ruled unenforceable in a second phase of the trial in Dallas, according to a statement today from the Tokyo-based company. A second GE patent, related to the turbines’ base design, was ruled invalid by U.S. District Judge Royal Ferguson on Feb. 10.