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News   May 31, 2010   by Auto Service World

Gates Corporation Settles Lawsuit Against Dorman Products, Inc.


Gates Corporation  has released a statement that it has settled its litigation against Dorman Products, Inc. concerning marketing statements by Dorman directed to its automatic belt tensioners.
By Order dated May 24, 2010 from the federal United States District Court of Colorado, Dorman, its officers, agents, and employees acting at the direction of Dorman to advertise, sell or distribute automatic belt tensioners have been permanently enjoined from using the following phrases, individually or in combination, or any reasonably colorable variation of them in advertising, sales promotion or distribution of automatic belt tensioners, namely, “All SAE Specifications,” “OE Solutions,” “OE Quality” and “OE Performance.”
“We felt it was critical to take legal action to prevent confusion in the market as to tensioner quality and performance,” says David Miller, vice president of Global Product Marketing for Gates. “As a complete belt systems supplier, Gates is aware of the effects of tensioner quality. OE quality tensioners maximize life and performance of every component in the accessory belt drive system.”


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