Did you hear?...Life Fitness and LeMond settle legal quarrel

Life Fitness has announced LeMond Fitness and itself have settled the legal disputes that took both companies to separate courts against each other.
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Life Fitness has announced LeMond Fitness and itself have settled the legal disputes that took both companies to separate courts against each other.

In a short statement issued Aug. 6, Life Fitness noted: “LeMond Fitness Inc and Life Fitness announced today that all outstanding disputes and litigation between the two companies have been resolved. Under the terms of the resolution, Life Fitness will continue to sell the RevMaster group exercise bike and provide service and support for customers.”

Life Fitness originally filed a suit in the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago on May 27 against LeMond Fitness, calling the LeMond RevMaster bikes “lemons,” claiming “disgruntled customers,” and asking for $3.9 million for money and time wasted on service and repair. Click here to read a June 1, 2009, SNEWS® story, “Life Fitness $3.9 million lawsuit claims disgruntled customers, wasted money on LeMond 'lemon' cycles.”

LeMond countered on June 2 with a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, charging breach of contract. In that document, LeMond refuted all claims and sought damages and all payments. Click here to see that June 29, 2009, SNEWS story, “LeMond Fitness returns blow in court battle with Life Fitness.”

The companies had been business partners since June 2002. In that relationship, Life Fitness was the exclusive distributor of the LeMond RevMaster group cycling bike and programs in its North American commercial club market, vertical direct markets and certain international subsidiary regions. Click here to see a June 27, 2002, SNEWS story about that partnership.

Bernie Boglioli, of LeMond Fitness, told SNEWS the arrangement would not now be exclusive.

Both courts posted documents Aug. 6 or 7, 2009, stating the cases had been voluntarily dismissed by agreement, with prejudice, and the cases were closed.

--Therese Iknoian

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