US: Heated clothing lawsuit hots up
A US court is set to decide later this month whether to go ahead with a lawsuit involving Columbia Sportswear and Innovative Sports over technology used to produce heated clothing.
Columbia Sportswear last month urged the court to dismiss the case, claiming Eugene-based Innovative Sports was unable to find representation, and that alleged "secrets" and "confidential" information had already been published by Innovative Sports and its partners.
Innovative Sports owner Colby Taylor has told just-style the hearing will take place on 20 August, emphasising that the company does have a lawyer and the case will not be dismissed.
The lawsuit centres on Innovative Sports' claims that it developed technology for heated clothing, which it disclosed to Columbia Sportswear during meetings.
Following the disclosure Columbia Sportswear, as well as Washington firms The Allyn Group and NCS Power, allegedly breached the non-disclosure agreement by producing heated products using Innovative Sportswear's technology.
The complaint relates to Columbia Sportswear's currently available Omni-Heat Electric heated apparel line and its discontinued 2009 collection of heated jackets.
Innovative Sports is seeking monetary damages for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets. The company aims to stop Columbia Sportswear from producing heated sportswear.
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