Less than a month ago, Outdoor USA reported on Deckers' suit against Bearpaw to stop the company's alleged copying of several Ugg boot designs. Now Deckers is suing Emu Australia for a similar case of trademark infringement. Deckers alleges that Emu and Bearpaw are using their designs to mislead customers into thinking they are purchasing genuine Uggs. Deckers is swiftly addressing companies they feel have copied their style by taking legal action in an attempt to strengthen the trust between the company and their consumers.
Grassroots Outdoor Alliance has recently added Scarpa as a partner, and has now welcomed Chaco as their newest addition. The sandal comany is trying to branch out into a four-season business, and with this new partnership with Grassroots they believe that can be achieved. Along with their new initiatives, Chaco will continue alongside GOA to support specialty retailers and charities that are important to both groups.
Patagonia announced it will open its first Canadian retail store in Toronto in the historic Gurney Stove Works building at 500 King Street West. The store will open for business on December 15.
The House Ways and Means Committee has posted the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections act of 2010, a draft of a second Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) which passed this July. The new bill proposes to extend or create temporary duty relief for more than a dozen sporting goods products and hundreds of chemicals and other inputs.
Squaw Valley USA, a ski resort located on the California-side of Lake Tahoe, has agreed to sell to a Denver-based investment firm.
Squaw Valley President and CEO Andy Wirth told The Associated Press that KSL Capital Partners has agreed to acquire the majority of the shares of the Squaw Valley Development Company in a deal that includes the resort's ski operations, the Village at Squaw Valley and related real estate holdings. KSL has pledged $50 million in improvements over the next three to five years as part of the agreement. Wirth will remain in the position he assumed in August as president and CEO.
180s, maker of outdoor accessories and apparel, has filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland against Brookstone for infringement of patents regarding the behind-the-head 180s Ear Warmer.
GE has announced that its eVent fabrics will now be available for customers to brand as their own. The change puts the customer’s label on the outside with eVent technology on the inside. For entrepreneurial brands, this offers a new design freedom.
Mountain Hardwear has chosen to partner with GE for the launch of its proprietary collection of Dry Q waterproof-breathable apparel, debuting for Fall 2011, because of the proven performance of GE’s membrane technology and the flexibility it brings to the internal design process.