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Forespar appeals verdict in TruPlug lawsuit

Forespar Products Corp. said it is appealing a mid-2015 California jury verdict that awarded TruPlug damages in a lawsuit.

Forespar Products Corp. responded today to a statement from TruPlug and said it is appealing a mid-2015 California jury verdict that awarded TruPlug damages in a lawsuit against Forespar.

The marine products distributor said it believes the jury was denied important information during the trial.

TruPlug, manufacturer of the TruPlug emergency plug for boats, said last week that Orange County Superior Court awarded the company more than $500,000 in damages in its lawsuit against Forespar. Both companies have their headquarters in California.

Forespar said “the information presented in the recent press release from TruPlug is news from last summer, contains inaccuracies and is misleading. We have no comment on pending litigation except to say we believe the jury was denied important information during the trial and we are appealing this verdict from mid-2015.”

TruPlug said it sued Forespar, its distributor, when Forespar breached its exclusive distribution agreement and started selling its own emergency plug in lieu of TruPlug.

TruPlug said the jury found that Forespar breached its contract; the jury rejected Forespar’s counterclaim against TruPlug and released TruPlug from its exclusive distributor agreement with Forespar.

Forespar said today that the court decision “does not in any way affect our rights to sell our own product, Sta-Plug, that we developed and introduced several years ago.”

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