Culligan Scores Legal Victory
NORTHBROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 21,
2000--Bruner Water Treatment Systems, a division of Culligan, has successfully
challenged an injunction requested by former distributors of its Bruner product
line in New Jersey State Superior Court.
On October 6th, 1999, Bruner informed independent
distributors that Bruner(R) products would no longer be distributed through that
channel, but instead would be distributed through the Culligan(R) dealer system.
Subsequently, thirteen (of the more than 60) former distributors filed suit
against Bruner and Culligan, claiming breach of contract. They were granted a
temporary injunction, which required Culligan to continue selling Bruner
products to them on a direct basis.
The injunction was dismissed during a hearing before
the New Jersey State Superior Court on Friday, February 4, 2000. The Court ruled
that the former Bruner distributors still have access to Bruner products, by
purchasing them from local Culligan dealers. In reviewing the facts of the case,
the court found that access to Bruner products had not been denied as alleged in
their complaint. Therefore, no viable reason existed to continue the injunction
and it was dismissed.
"We've made a lot of progress in integrating
the Bruner product line into the Culligan dealers' commercial products
arsenal," stated Jeanne Cantu, Director of Culligan Commercial Markets.
"Now that the former distributors realize they have continued access to
high quality Bruner products through our dealers, we will be able to continue to
move forward. This is a positive step for both sides and, most importantly, the
Bruner products customer."