COMPLAINT: Bruce Kirby and LaserPerformance

Published on March 14th, 2013

Here is an update on the ongoing dispute between Bruce Kirby, Inc. and LaserPerformance, as provided by the International Laser Class Association (ILCA).

On March 4, 2013, Bruce Kirby, Inc., filed a complaint in the U.S. Federal Court system, District of Connecticut, with respect to the ongoing dispute between Bruce Kirby, Inc. and LaserPerformance – a dispute that is now entering its fourth year. The complaint is a matter of public record and those who are interested can find more information at this link.

In addition to naming LaserPerformance, the complaint also names both the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the ILCA. Both have been included in the complaint because ISAF plaque sales to LaserPerformance were continued even after Kirby, Inc. informed the ILCA and the ISAF of its termination of agreements with LaserPerformance. The decision to continue ISAF plaque sales (and continue to report them to Kirby, Inc.), taken only after consultation with ILCA’s legal advisor and close discussion with ISAF, is seen to be in the best interest of the sailors as it maintains the flow of boats and equipment until such time as a resolution to the dispute is reached.

It has always been ILCA’s opinion that the dispute between Kirby, Inc., and LaserPerformance is between those two parties and should be resolved between them without the need for involvement of either the ILCA or the ISAF. As has always been the case, the ILCA remains ready to fully abide by the outcome of the resolution. Further, the ILCA is optimistic that the filing of this complaint will finally bring resolution to this long standing issue.

Until there is an outcome in this dispute, the ILCA will continue to work to carry out its mission – in particular, assuring the success of the world championships scheduled for 2013 and beyond.

The ILCA will continue to update as the situation evolves.
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Click here to read the complaint.

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