Columbia Sportswear heated clothing lawsuit withdrawn

Columbia Sportswear

A lawsuit that was filed against outdoor apparel and footwear firm Columbia Sportswear Company over its heated clothing has been withdrawn.

Eugene, Ore.-based Innovative Sports filed a claim last March that it designed and developed technology for heated clothing and disclosed those ideas to Columbia Sportswear during meetings.

Columbia Sportswear then allegedly breached the non-disclosure agreement by producing heated products using Innovative Sportswear’s technology.

The complaint related to Columbia Sportswear’s Omni-Heat Electric heated apparel line and its discontinued 2009 collection of heated jackets.

However, Innovative Sports has now voluntarily dismissed all claims against Columbia and provided written assurances that no future claims would be made against the outdoor apparel and footwear company.

Columbia said in a statement it made no payment to Innovative Sports.

“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.”

According to Columbia Sportswear, Innovative Sports received multiple extensions to re-plead its claims and replaced its lawyers numerous times after they withdrew from the case.

The Lane County Circuit Court dismissed five of the six claims against Columbia on March 22. Columbia filed a motion for summary judgment on April 12, and Innovative Sports requested Columbia’s stipulation to the dismissal of the case.

A written agreement was finalized on April 15 and the court dismissed the case on April 16.

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