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News   November 24, 2003   by Auto Service World

Dana Corp. Suing S&S Truck Parts Inc. for Patent and Trademark Infringement


While ArvinMeritor has ended its bid to add its name to Dana Corp., Dana Corp. has taken action to prevent its name from being used by an Illinois parts distributor.
Dana announced that it and one of its subsidiaries, Torque-Traction Technology Inc. have recently filed a lawsuit against an Illinois-based vehicle parts distributor for infringing a patent and several trademarks as well as engaging in unfair competition practices.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, alleges that S&S Truck Parts, Inc., of Schaumburg, Ill., has unlawfully labelled its materials with several Dana trademarks, and is infringing at least one of Dana’s universal-joint patents. Dana is seeking an order requiring the company to cease its deceptive actions, as well as unspecified damages.
Nick Cole, president of Dana’s Heavy Vehicle Technologies and Systems Group, said, “Dana views the infringement and misrepresentation of our products as a very serious matter. We invested tremendous amount of time, effort, and expense to provide our customers with the best possible products. It’s unfortunate when individuals attempt to deceive these same customers. They need to be protected, as do companies such as Dana, which is widely recognized for its technological accomplishments with a strong brand name.”


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