O'Neill Innovations Prevails in Commercial Dispute

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O'Neill Innovations Prevails in Commercial Dispute.

This is a great victory for our company and for our justice system. This win secures a solid basis for the future of our Maxfit® glove business and offers a stern warning that the company will not tolerate the misappropriation of our trade secrets.

On December 6, a unanimous Delaware federal jury returned a complete defense verdict for O'Neill Innovations on contract and tort claims brought by a former business partner and a former independent consultant (Ron Kyle, et al v. O’Neill Innovations, et al; CaseNo. 12-152-RGA, District of Delaware). The jury also returned a favorable verdict for O'Neill on its counterclaim, finding that the former business partner misappropriated trade secrets during his tenure at an O’Neill distribution company. The two plaintiffs originally had asserted that they were entitled to a share of past and future profits from O'Neill's successful Maxfit® Gloves line.

When asked what this win meant to O’Neill Innovations, CEO, Michael O’Neill said, “This is a great victory for our company and for our justice system. This win secures a solid basis for the future of our Maxfit® glove business and offers a stern warning that the company will not tolerate the misappropriation of our trade secrets.”

O’Neill Innovations was represented at trial by John Q Lewis and Seth Linnick of the Tucker Ellis law firm and Christopher Viceconte of Gibbons Law.

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