Precision IBC, Inc. v. PCM Capital, LLC et al
CONSENT ORDER of Permanent Injunction & JUDGMENT Related to Tote Systems International, LP as set out. Signed by Judge Callie V. S. Granade on 8/4/2011. (tot)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
PRECISION IBC, INC.,
PCM CAPITAL, LLC, et al.,
* Case No. CV:1:10-CV-00682-CG-B
CONSENT ORDER OF PERMANENT INJUNCTION
AND JUDGMENT RELATED TO
TOTE SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, LP
Based on the agreement of Precision IBC, Inc. and Tote Systems
International, LP, the Court enters the following Order.
1. On June 8, 2011, Plaintiff Precision IBC, Inc. (“Precision”) filed its Second
Amended Complaint in this matter which, among other things, added Tote Systems
International, LP (“Tote International”) as a defendant. As it concerns Tote
International, the Second Amended Complaint alleges that Tote International
approved false and misleading advertising materials concerning the safety and
quality of Precision’s CIMC intermediate bulk containers ("IBCs" or "tanks") in
violation of the Lanham Act and Alabama law. The Second Amended Complaint
alleges that the materials at issue were prepared, in part, by defendant PCM
Capital, LLC, a licensee of the Tote name, and approved by Tote International.
2. Tote International is aware of no evidence to support a claim or to
otherwise suggest in any manner that IBCs marketed by Precision (including
Precision’s CIMC tanks, which are manufactured in China) are risky, chancy,
untrustworthy, or that any such IBCs have quality or safety issues or that they are
ineffective for their intended use.
3. Accordingly, by agreement of Precision and Tote International, IT IS
HEREBY ORDERED that Tote International, its officers, agents, servants, and
employees are permanently enjoined from:
(a) making false or misleading representations or distributing false or
misleading advertising and/or false or misleading promotional
materials, or otherwise engaging in false or misleading
communications that concern the construction, quality, efficacy,
fitness, and/or safety of Precision’s IBCs (to include the Chinese-made
CIMC tanks) or that state or suggest that such IBCs are risky, chancy,
untrustworthy, or not fit for their intended purpose;
(b) affirmatively stating or otherwise communicating that tanks marketed by
Precision (including Precision’s Chinese-made CIMC tanks), as
currently designed and constructed, do not meet standards required by
law, are defective, are not suitable for their intended purpose, or that
there are risks associated with the use of such tanks.
4. Tote International is also enjoined from knowingly allowing a licensee or
other permitted user of the Tote name to engage in false or misleading advertising
or commercial communication that is prohibited in Paragraph 3.
International receives actual notice that a licensee or other permitted user of the
Tote name has engaged in advertising or commercial communication that is
prohibited in Paragraph 3, it will make a demand to the licensee or other permitted
user of the Tote name to cease such false or misleading advertising or commercial
5. Tote International understands and agrees that violation of this Order
may result in Tote International being held in contempt of Court and may entitle
Precision to recover damages resulting from such violation, as well as costs and
fees, as permitted by law.
6. By approving this Order, Tote International does not admit the
allegations of Precision or otherwise admit any liability or wrongdoing.
7. This Permanent Injunction is a Final Judgment resolving all claims and
requests for relief asserted in this litigation against Tote International. Any and all
costs and fees incurred by Precision or Tote International in this matter (as such
relate to the claims against Tote International) shall be taxed against the party
DONE and ORDERED this 4th day of August, 2011.
/s/ Callie V. S. Granade
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Precision is seeking, and does not waive the right to seek, fees and costs from the
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