|Marker International (NASDAQ:MRKR) announced Wednesday that the Superior
Court of California for the County of Santa Barbara has granted Sims Snowboards
a request for a preliminary injunction against Marker's 80 percent owned
subsidiary, DNR Sportsystem Ltd. ("DNR").
The Court ruling which was issued yesterday would serve to temporarily prevent
DNR from distributing snowboard products outside the United States with the
"SIMS(R)" mark, pending the outcome of certain arbitration proceedings which
have been initiated to determine, among other things, the enforceability
of the current Licence Agreement between DNR and Tom Sims.
DNR intends to appeal the ruling. Under the current ruling DNR will not be
prevented from continuing to grow its business and product offerings under
its other brand names "Santa Cruz(R)" and "DNR(R)".
Sims had also sought to enjoin DNR from selling its Soft Boot Interface System.
However, this request was not granted by the Superior Court and DNR is,
therefore, free to market the Interface System immediately throughout the
world under the "Santa Cruz(R)" and other brand names.
Marker International, through its subsidiaries, Marker Deutschland GmbH
(Eschenlohe, Germany), Marker USA (Salt Lake City, USA), Marker Japan Ltd.
(Tokyo, Japan), Marker Austria GmbH (Innsbruck, Austria) and Marker Canada
Ltd. (Montreal, Canada), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of alpine
ski bindings throughout the world.
Marker LTD (Salt Lake City, USA), the company's soft goods subsidiary, designs,
distributes and markets the company's clothing, luggage and glove products.
DNR Sportsystem Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland), the company's 80 percent owned
subsidiary, is a leading developer, marketer and distributor of snowboards,
snowboard bindings and other related products.
For background in the ongoing Sims vs. DNR Battle Royale check these
Sims Files For Temporary Restraining Order (10-1-96)
Confident To Maintain Sims License (10-7-96)