Editor’s Note: Barry Marenberg is back on the LAS network with an update on the legal proceedings involving Warrior and Reebok. He also updates us briefly on Warrior’s complaint against Maverik Lacrosse.
As we all well know, the world of lacrosse equipment is rapidly changing, technology driven, and extremely competitive. You might recall mention from a post I commented on back in September 2011 that Warrior Sports had sued Reebok in January 2011 in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan (case no. 2:11-cv-10274) for patent infringement involving eight (8) patents covering hockey and lacrosse equipment (i.e., gloves, lacrosse heads and shoulder pads).
It was announced last week that Warrior and Reebok had dropped their dispute. U.S. District Judge Patrick Duggan signed an order dismissing the matter with prejudice after the Michigan-based unit of New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. (owner of Warrior Sports) and Reebok agreed to drop their claims and pay their own attorneys’ fees and costs.
The parties’ stipulation of dismissal did not explicitly state that a settlement had been reached.
Warrior remains locked in a battle with Maverikin another case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2:11-cv-13694-MOB-PJK). The complaint in that case asserts patent infringement on the part of Maverik as it relates to four protective padding patents that Warrior owns, and how Maverik’s new Rome glove is designed. Stay tuned for more information as this case develops.