Jacuzzi Brands, Inc. Seeks Removal of $10 Million Theft of Trade Secrets Action from "Rocket Docket" of Eastern Virgina

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Jacuzzi Brands, Inc. Seeks Removal of $10 Million Theft of Trade Secrets action, filed against it by a former supplier based on Jacuzzi's alleged copying of the suppliers product, from "Rocket Docket" of Eastern Virgina to the Federal Central District of California where reports of multi-year delays in complex civil trials due to enormous caseloads are common.

Jacuzzi Brands, Inc.,(West Palm Beach, FL) (NYSE:"JJZ") responded last week to a lawsuit (Civil Action No.: 04-432-A, United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia) filed against it by a former supplier, Spa Builders Support Group, Inc., of Corona California, alleging unfair competition, Lanham Act violations, and misappropriation of trade secrets based on Jacuzzi and one of its subsidiaries' alleged copying of Spa Builders products and trademarks.

Jacuzzi's response to the April 9, 2004, lawsuit, which was filed in Federal Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which is known as the "rocket docket" because cases are typically heard and concluded within nine months of filing in the District, consists of challenges to jurisdiction and venue in that among other relief sought by Jacuzzi, it seeks to transfer the action to the Central District of California where complex civil trials have been reported to be subject to delays of up to three years based on the enormous civil trial backlog in the District, especially in cases involving intellectual property issues according to a report (12.26.02) in the Los Angeles Business Journal.

A hearing on Jacuzzi's challange to the lawsuit is set for June 18, 2004, in Virgina.

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