Global Truss America has filed suit against GLP German Light Products and Mark Ravenhill, President of GLP US, alleging trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair business practices and other violations of the Lanham Act, according to trade publication plsn.com.
Ravenhill, reached via e-mail, simply replied "no comment" on the matter.
Global Truss accused German Light Products of falsely stating that it is "an authorised distributor of Global Truss products in the United States and falsely stating that Mr. George Lee is the CEO of Global Truss" and wrongfully "implying that Global Truss is the source of the products that GLP is advertising, distributing, offering for sale and/or selling."
The suit was filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California on January 6, 2011. Global Truss America is seeking monetary damages and attorney fees in its suit, as well as injunctive relief to restrain the defendants, and anyone with whom they work to import and distribute their products, from using the "Global Truss" name and trademarks.
The suit is also asking that all products bearing the disputed "Global Truss" mark, imported and advertised by German Light Products, be destroyed. "Global Truss is always open to competition," said a company rep, "but when a competitor deliberately attempts to create confusion and makes false statements about representing our client's brand, we have no choice but to act aggressively to protect our client's brand and the public interest."