Trade Only follows developments in lawsuits that can have a significant effect on companies or sections of the worldwide marine industry.

TruPlug wins contract-breach lawsuit against Forespar

TruPlug, manufacturer of the original TruPlug emergency plug for boats, said today that Orange County Superior Court in California awarded the company more than $500,000 in damages in its lawsuit against Forespar, a marine products distributor in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

Electronics patent battle continues

In the latest round in a legal tussle between two marine electronics heavyweights, Garmin has reassured its dealers and customers that it has not shipped any product with the technology the International Trade Commission says infringes on Navico patents.

Federal judge upholds red snapper rule

A federal judge this week upheld a new rule allocating separate red snapper quotas for recreational anglers and licensed charter captains in the Gulf of Mexico.

Judge dismisses Key Biscayne lawsuit against NMMA

A lawsuit that Key Biscayne filed against the National Marine Manufacturers Association as part of an ongoing effort to block the Miami International Boat Show’s move to Miami Marine Stadium and its surrounding area was dismissed.

Garmin will appeal patent-violation ruling

Hours after marine electronics manufacturer Navico said Wednesday that the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that competitor Garmin’s DownVu scanning sonar products violate Navico’s U.S. patents for DownScan Imaging technology, Garmin vowed to appeal the decision.

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