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.
TruPlug said it sued Forespar, its distributor, when Forespar breached its exclusive distribution agreement and started selling its own emergency marine plug in lieu of TruPlug.
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.
With no inventory available, Forespar now has no ability to sell TruPlug’s products in the marketplace, according to a statement from TruPlug.
The TruPlug acts as a temporary or emergency plug to prevent water from entering a circular, oval, or irregular hole caused by emergency maintenance or a hull breach.
“The original and patented TruPlug is a true innovation in the marine industry. For the last four years we have provided captains and crews with a critical tool in their safety toolkits. Boaters have embraced the TruPlug and the TruPlug mini as the safest, most effective and easy-to-use plug on the market,” TruPlug chief operating officer Henry Goldman said in a statement. “We would like all of our marine dealers to know that the TruPlug it is now available for immediate delivery directly from our company.”