U.S. District Court Denies Three Summary Judgment Motions of Marine Manufacturer

Firm successfully defends three summary judgment motions in trademark infringement and unfair trade practices case

Southport, CT


Dax Labs LLC today announced that the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has denied three summary judgment motions of marine manufacturer Lewmar, Inc. in a trademark infringement and unfair trade practices case.  Lewmar claimed in its motions that it did not breach the covenant of good faith and fair dealing when it manufactured an imitation of a patented sailboat winch handle known as the “OneTouch®,” and took other actions designed to deprive Dax Labs LLC of the benefits of a 2006 licensing agreement with Lewmar to manufacture and sell Dax’s award-winning winch handle.  In rejecting all three of Lewmar’s motions, the Court cited evidence supporting Dax’s claims that Lewmar engaged in intentional bad faith conduct, including the manufacture of a competing winch handle known as “LiteTouch.”

Trial on the remaining issues in the case is currently scheduled to begin later this year.  Donald J. Steiner et al. v. Lewmar, Inc. et al., 3:09CV1976(DJS).

Dax Labs LLC and Donald J. Steiner are represented by Lucas and Varga LLC in Southport, Connecticut.