This folder contains correspondence and other documents concerning legal cases involving Edison or companies in which he had an interest. Among the items for 1917 are 34 pages of notes by Edison on court cases relating to the rights of patent holders. Among the cases discussed are Adams v. Burke (1873), Bauer & Cie v. O'Donnel (1913), Straus v. Victor Talking Machine Co. (1917), and Motion Picture Patents Co. v. Universal Film Mfg. Co. (1917). Also included are communications with Delos Holden of the Legal Department about a case coming up before the U.S. Supreme Court in January 1918 regarding the validity of the Columbia Phonograph Co.'s price contract system with its dealers. In addition, there are items mentioning a case against former employee Wilfred S. Dowling and a lawsuit threatened by A.M. Wood & Co., one of the suppliers for Edison's chemical plants.
All of the documents have been selected. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.