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Unformatted text preview: ce for running an illegal gambling ring, are you acting
ethically or simply getting revenge?
There may also be situations where an act is ethical but not legal. The classic example involves the
woman who is too poor to buy food for her starving children, and so she steals a loaf of bread. Clearly
the theft is illegal, but most would say not unethical, since the children going hungry is a greater evil
than the baker’s loss of one loaf. But the baker has a right to press charges against the woman. Is he
acting unethically in doing so? Case Study: Lamle v. Mattel, Inc.
394 F.3d 1355 (Fed. Cir. 2005)
Facts: Lamle invented and patented a board game called Farook.
From May 1996 to October 1997, Lamle and Mattel, Inc. engaged in
negotiations regarding the licensing of Farook by Mattel for distribution outside the United States. The parties reached an oral agreement at a meeting on June 11, 1997, which covered the terms of Lamle sued Mattel, the world’s
a license, including a three-year term...
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