PaintSquare.com
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

Advertisement

PaintSquare


Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Coatings Fraud Allegations Dismissed

Monday, July 7, 2014

More items for Coating Materials

Comment | More

A Massachusetts maker of coatings and spray equipment has withdrawn its claim that a licensee-turned-competitor built the new business on information stolen from the manufacturer.

The case involves a federal-court lawsuit filed in March 2012 by Warren Environmental Inc. and its contractor subsidiary, A&W Maintenance Inc., of Middleboro, MA. Warren Environmental is a longtime manufacturer of coatings, linings and equipment for potable and wastewater systems and other infrastructure.

Reddog Technologies
Reddog Technologies

Reddog Technologies provides 100% solids, zero-VOC coatings for water and wastewater infrastructure.

Warren Environmental's lawsuit, as detailed here at the time, alleged a complex series of corporate machinations and dishonest conduct by Jon Fishback and Utah-based Reddog Technologies (Red Dog).

At the time of the misconduct alleged, Fishback worked for Smart Epoxy Services, a Warren Environmental licensee.

Copycat Allegations

Warren Environmental's suit accused Fishback and Red Dog of theft, conspiracy and fraud, including an allegation that Fishback sneaked into Warren's warehouse to copy coating formulas and dismantle equipment.

Ultimately, the suit alleged, Fishback and Red Dog developed and sold a "copy-cat epoxy and copy-cat epoxy spray system" based on proprietary Warren Environmental information.

DannyWarren
Warren Environmental

The suit by Danny Warren's Warren Environmental Inc. accused the defendants of stealing information. The action against Red Dog was dismissed; defendant Jon Fishback is seeking dismissal of the remaining claim.

According to court records, Warren Environmental's claim against Red Dog was dismissed Dec. 20, 2013. The settlement was confidential.

About Red Dog

Based in Bluffdale, UT, Reddog Technologies bills itself as "a high-performance coatings manufacturer that specializes in 100% solids products with zero VOCs" for the water and wastewater infrastructure market.

"Reddog leads the industry in new technologies in epoxy coating and application," the company says.

The Other Defendant

Fishback remains a defendant in the original case, but now he wants his name cleared as well.

In a Motion for Summary Judgment filed June 5, Fishback says it was "undisputed" among the parties that the epoxy later marketed by Red Dog "was obtained from a third-party supplier, Arnette Limited [of Richmond, MO], which also supplies Warren, and did not derive from Fishback."

"It is further undisputed," the motion says, "that the alterations which Red Dog made to its commercially-purchased spray rig were not copied from Warren and were fundamentally different than the setup of Warren's spray rigs."

RedDog Red Dog
Reddog Technologies

A new court motion calls it "undisputed" that neither the epoxy coatings nor the spray rigs marketed by Red Dog were copied from Warren Environmental Inc.

The motion says Fishback's attorney has tried unsuccessfully and in good faith to resolve the remaining issues with Warren's attorney.

Warren Environmental has declined several requests for comment in recent months.

But in an email Thursday (July 3), co-owner Jane Warren wrote of the case: "It has been dismissed with certain agreements between the parties. Mr Fishbacks case will go into mediatiation, not being dismissed."

Separately, she wrote: "Re Mr. Fishback,the goal is to negotiate a permanent injunction that becomes a federal court order"

Meanwhile, Red Dog and Warren Environmental are now in discussions "to explore the potential for a joint business venture," according to Red Dog's formulator, Scott Peterson.

   

Tagged categories: Coatings manufacturers; Corrosion; Epoxy; Formulating; Paint application; Protective coatings; Reddog Technologies; Spray systems; Warren Environmental; Wastewater Plants

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Sherwin-Williams
 
Sherwin-Williams Oil & Gas App
 
Our coatings and linings expertise available 24/7, allowing you to explore the best Sherwin-Williams solutions for oil refineries, shale drilling sites, and offshore. Android users
click here. Download today!
 

 
BASF
 
New resins from BASF will have metals loving water!
 
Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films www.basf.us/industrialcoatings dpsolutions@basf.com 800-231-7868
 

 
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America
 
Performance Amine 1,3-BAC
 
A highly reactive cycloaliphatic diamine offering superior performance. Reasonable cost and curing efficacy makes it suitable for all types of epoxy resin applications.
 

 
SAFE Systems, Inc.
 
Custom blast rooms
by SAFE Systems
 
Don't waste time and money "making do" with a "standard" design. Let us work with you to design and build the system that best fits your requirements.
Call 1-800-634-7278
 

 
Fischer Technology Inc.
 
Highly Repeatable Ultrasonic Wall Thickness Gauge
 
Detect corrosion by monitoring wall thickness with the compact UMP series from Fischer.
 

 
Jotun Paints Inc.
 
Jotachar JF750 - The Time Saving Solution
 
The only mesh free solution for jet fire scenarios. Jotachar saves installation time and material costs - the next generation of epoxy passive fire protection.
 

 
PPG Protective and Marine Coatings Group
 
We Protect and Beautify the World
 
PPG is widely recognized as a world leader in protective and marine coatings, developing innovative, cutting-edge products and services.
 

 
SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
 
http://www.sspc.org/
 
Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !
 

 
Termarust Technologies
 
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion
 
Arch truss treated with Termarust's (HR CSA) in 2003. This steel arch bridge is rust free on all surfaces including the crevice corroded joints and connections.
 

 
Tnemec Company, Inc.
 
Online Coating Courses from Tnemec
 
For decades, Tnemec has offered its expertise to clients presenting face-to-face coatings courses. Now, these presentations are available to anyone for CEUs at Tnemec University.
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us