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The Coleman Co. believes Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. was inaccurate in its statement earlier this week that a Kansas state court issued some rulings in its favor in the trademark licensing dispute involving the firms.
Instead, in a written statement issued Wednesday (Feb. 11), Coleman said the court ruled on Friday (Feb. 6) that “neither Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. nor its subsidiary, Fleetwood Folding Trailers Inc., have any right to use the Coleman trademark or any right to prevent the Coleman Co. from using or licensing to others the right to use the Coleman name or trademark on recreational vehicles.
“The court also permanently enjoined Fleetwood Folding Trailers from ever using Coleman’s name and trademark,” according to the Coleman statement.
Last month, Coleman, a unit of American Household Inc., entered into a long-term licensing agreement with Coachmen Industries Inc. under which Coachmen would design and build a series of towable RVs that would be marketed under the Coleman brand name.
Fleetwood had a similar arrangement with Coleman from 1989 until last year, when Coleman severed the contract alleging breach of contract.
Fleetwood also revealed earlier this week that it intended to sue Coachmen, but Coleman stated on Wednesday it believed a lawsuit by Fleetwood against Coachmen related to the trademark dispute would be “wholly unfounded” and “frivolous.”
“Coleman is committed to the RV industry and is confident that its partnership with Coachmen will result in a broader line of more innovative, quality RV products that will meet the growing consumer demand for Coleman recreational vehicles,” the Wichita, Kan.-based firm reported Wednesday.
“Coleman continues to move forward with its claims filed against Fleetwood for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition,” the Coleman statement said. “Coleman filed its claims to recover substantial damages it has suffered because of Fleetwood’s conduct both before and after Coleman’s termination of the Fleetwood license agreement.”
The court also ruled Friday that Fleetwood Folding Trailers’ “continued use of Coleman’s name on its website violated the court’s injunction and found Fleetwood Folding Trailers in contempt of the court’s order.”
As a result, the court “imposed monetary sanctions against Fleetwood,” according to Coleman.