Gildan Activewear Inc has confirmed that Fruit of the Loom Inc has filed a lawsuit alleging possession and use of confidential information by former Fruit of the Loom employees now in the employ of Gildan. At the request of Fruit of the Loom, and in the absence of any representatives from Gildan Activewear or its attorneys, a judge of the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, issued a temporary order restricting the improper use of any such information to remain in effect until April 23, 2001.