Adidas-Salomon, the German-based sporting goods giant, is at the centre of a £40m ($56.5m) lawsuit brought by its former distributor for the Caribbean, Central America and parts of Latin America. The distributor, a Dutch entrepreneur called Ron van Hal, had sole rights to supply footwear and other clothing products to the region and did business with adidas for six years - until, he claims, an employee of his company, Rebound International, stole his client list and gave it to the sportswear company. Adidas took this as an opportunity to cut out the middleman - him.