Trade-secret lawsuit against Columbia dismissed

A 2012 lawsuit claiming that Columbia Sportswear had violated trade-secret laws to develop its Omni-Heat Electric technology has been dismissed.
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A 2012 lawsuit claiming that Columbia Sportswear had violated trade-secret laws to develop its Omni-Heat Electric technology has been dismissed.

Innovative Sports Inc. , which filed the suit in March 2012, has “voluntarily dismissed all claims against Columbia and provided written assurances that no future claims would be made against the company,” Columbia officials said. This follows an Oregon Lane County Circuit Court judge dismissing five of the six claims two months ago.

In the end, neither party paid the other, and both parties covered their own legal fees.

“The dismissal and withdrawal of all the claims confirms our contention that this lawsuit was a wasteful work of fiction,” said Peter Bragdon, Columbia’s general counsel and senior vice president of corporate and legal affairs. “All of the terms of the written agreement for the dismissal of the claims are public and underscore what we have stated previously: Columbia refused to pay a single penny to settle frivolous and false claims.”

While Omni-Heat Electric has proved a successful product for Columbia, the technology also has come with some challenges, including reported instances of wires overheating, which led the company to suspend new lines of the technology after having to recall its 2012 line of Omni-Heat Electric jackets.

While clear of one lawsuit Thursday, Columbia Sportswear faces an unrelated legal claim that the company failed to inform callers to its customer service line that their conversations were being recorded. Click here to read more.

--David Clucas

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