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US District Court Rules Against Kirby
On August 12, 2016 the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut issued its long awaited order and dismissed complaints and allegations by Bruce Kirby and Bruce Kirby Inc. against LaserPerformance and the International Laser Class Association.
The complaint filed by these plaintiffs alleged that the defendants were involved in a scheme not to pay royalties to Bruce Kirby and Bruce Kirby Inc., and illegally allowed the manufacturing of Laser sailboats by LaserPerformance.
The Court order confirmed that Mr. Kirby and Bruce Kirby, Inc. had no basis to sue LaserPerformance and denied and dismissed all such claims in entirety.
The Court order also emphasizes that Bruce Kirby has sold his interests to Global Sailing Limited of Australia. Global Sailing Limited is a group company and affiliate of Performance Sailcraft Australia, the Builder of Laser boats in Australia.
The decision can be found at here.
In its defense counterclaims against the plaintiffs, LaserPerformance sought to recover overpayments of royalties made by LaserPerformance to Bruce Kirby and Bruce Kirby Inc. over the years. This overpayment came to light in an accounting audit in preparation for the litigation initiated by Bruce Kirby.
The Court order of August 2016 allowed LaserPerformance to pursue such claims for overpayments against Bruce Kirby, Kirby Inc. and Global Sailing.
LaserPerformance will pursue its claims for overpayment of royalties with equal determination and will also focus its attention and resources to related infringements of its intellectual property rights by these parties and their affiliates. LaserPerformance has requested a trial date for its remaining claims by way of a motion filed on 12 December 2016.
For over three years LaserPerformance vigorously fought these false allegations at great expense to the company, its reputation and the sailing community it serves.
There is no victory in any litigation but LaserPerformance is pleased that it stands vindicated in pursuing the spurious and fraudulent claims made against it by Bruce Kirby, Kirby Inc. and Global Sailing of Australia.
Hopefully it now paves the road for us to supporting the sailing community around the world without further distraction and waste of resources.
July 6, 2016 - #ReadySetRio: Introducing the Laser 'Robert Scheidt' Limited Edition Boat
We are excited to share the news about a limited edition 'Robert Scheidt' Laser boat that is being offered exclusively by Negrinautica.
Robert Scheidt has been sailing in Rio for over 25 years and will be representing Brazil in the 2016 Olympic Games. As a special tribute to Robert, the Laser 'Robert Scheidt' was born, exemplifying Brazil's colorful spirit and Scheidt's contribution to the Laser community.
The Laser 'Robert Scheidt' is a unique model: a white hull, built exclusively by LaserPerformance, with the Brazilian flag colors and Robert’s signature, placed both on the side and on the special Hiking Strap Zhik grip II, circuits RS-XD with rope set created only for this edition by Gottifredi Maffioli in the diameters used by Robert - a green version of Negrinautica’s and LaserPerformance logo, made for this occasion.
Only 30 days to go! #ReadySetRio
To view more details about the limited edition model, see more here.
May 5, 2016 - #WorldofSunfish Series - Update 3
May 4, 2016 - #WorldofSunfish Series - Update 2
April 29, 2016 - #WorldofSunfish Series - Update 1
April 25, 2016 - OneLaser Update Q1 2016
Employees, Customers, Suppliers, Consumers and Stakeholders,
Further LaserPerformance’s communication of January 4, 2016, we take this opportunity to update you on progress made in the first quarter of 2016 towards achieving our OneLaser strategy:
We are excited about these and other initiatives in support of OneLaser. Our significant investment in new technologies, new premises and new processes will provide for optimized services in coming years. LaserPerformance will continue to update our community of progress made and new initiatives throughout the year.
April 22, 2016 - LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup (LPCC) Registers as a Clean Regatta
We are excited to announce that we have joined the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas program! Clean Regattas is a certification system that enables sailors to protect their local waters with 25 Best Practices that make sustainability approachable, and the LPCC will undertake several efforts in their Clean Regatta campaign!
To learn more about the LPCC in Italy this summer, visit: http://laserperformancecollegiatecup.com/eve…/clean-regatta/
April 20, 2016 - Welcome Back, John Leach!
April 8, 2016 - Ice Blue Lasers Arrive for the Laser Worlds
March 29th, 2016 - Joel Chadwick Joins the UK Sales Team
February 1, 2016 - Iconic Sunfish Expands its Horizons
Sail, paddle, race, relax – it’s easier than ever to get out on the water with Sunfish.
Sunfish, a sailboat you know and love, began its life in the 1950s more of a flat surfboard with a sail and a rudder on it which influenced today’s design of windsurfs and stand up paddle boards. The Sunfish quickly became the most popular dinghy boat in North America and represented, to many, family fun on the water and idyllic summers.
After more than 60 years the thrill of Sunfish is still going strong. Known for its simplicity, the Sunfish sailboat provides the perfect platform for those seeking a recreational sailing experience and enjoyment with friends. It truly is a sailboat for everyone.
LaserPerformance’s commitment to the Sunfish continues with the new collection of Sunfish paddle boards, the first of many Sunfish-inspired products for those who enjoy an active lifestyle on the water.
Explore the World of Sunfish by visiting the new interactive site at www.worldofsunfish.com. Filled with fascinating anecdotes about its modest beginnings, breathtaking photos, and engaging video content, LaserPerformance’s World of Sunfish has something for everyone.
The new buzzed-about Sunfish stand up paddle boards -slated to arrive April 2016- includes three types of boards: Sunfish Air SUP, Sunfish Sport SUP, and Sunfish Tour SUP.
“LaserPerformance has always strived to create memorable experiences for people. World of Sunfish is our newest platform to do just that,” says Bill Crane, LaserPerformance’s Chairman.
Whether you enjoy sailing or stand up paddle boarding, World of Sunfish has an adventure waiting for you.
To learn more about World of Sunfish, visit www.worldofsunfish.com. See you on the water.
January 13th, 2016 - 2016 LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup (LPCC) Official Video
Have you seen the latest video release for the LPCC 2016? More exciting event announcements to come! If you are interested in participating in LPCC or would like to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the website.
January 4, 2016 - OneLaser Update
Employees, Customers, Suppliers, Consumers and Stakeholders,
Since the early part of 2015, we have been in the process of examining what business model, operating structure and management structure would best fit LaserPerformance in the USA.During the second quarter of 2015, significant changes were introduced into the manufacturing side of the business involving outsourcing of low volume production and streamlining of high volume production in conformity to the manufacturing processes of Laser Sailboats in the UK; and the consolidation of the accounting and finance function into the UK. Recently, we have concluded our evaluations and decision making in whole and with the benefit of input from our management team in the UK, we would like to share its outcome with you.
The Board has decided to implement a business structure that would be wholly conforming in all respects with the structure and practices in the UK, under one management, all as one business, unified, consistent, together and operating as “one”. This initiative will be called “OneLaser” and will conclude by the end of 2016.
OneLaser would make the business coherent with One Strategy, One Vision, One Mission, One Structure, One Management and most important, as One Partner for our suppliers and customers. We are certain that this would enable us to bring best in class customer service to our dealers and retailers whilst servicing our consumers and end users, be it individuals or institutions, with excellence.
The most significant aspect of OneLaser is the leadership of the company by the UK team, which will be supported in the USA by the US team involving the following main functions:
1. ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT
Sales, Trade Marketing, Sales Operations, and Customer Service
Warehousing, Logistics, Reverse Logistics, and After Sales operations
3. COMPETITIONS and SPONSORSHIPS
Fleet Management, Event and Race Support, and Sponsorships
4. MARKETING SERVICES
5. TECHNICAL SERVICES
While your present contacts will remain the same, we are reviewing our organization to introduce further improvements and efficiencies. We hope to further communicate these improvements in the coming months. We understand these new changes might create concerns or upset for some of our stakeholder. We do however have commitment to and great confidence in this new OneLaser structure and we are certain that this would bring the focus and alignment for LPNA to get ready for future growth in the USA.
We have always stood behind our products and extended our after sales support beyond our obligations in a spirit of service. OneLaser initiative is focused on making sure that we continue to do so for the years to come.
December 23, 2015 - Experience the New Laser Standard Mark II Sail in Action!
December 17, 2015 - Announcement
LaserPerformance is pleased to report that the European Union’s Office for the Internal Market, (Trademarks and Designs), has rejected Bruce Kirby and Kirby Incorporated’s challenge to LaserPerformance right to use the Kirby trademark for events.
Information regarding the texts governing the procedure before the General Court, in Particular, the Rules of Procedure and the Decision on the lodging and service of The procedural documents by electronic means (e-Curia) may be consulted on the Curia Web-site at http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/Jo2_7040/.
December 2, 2015 - Happy Holidays from our Crew to Yours!
We wish our family and friends a wonderful season. Our Christmas and New Year hours are listed below for your convenience
November 6, 2015: LaserPerformance and CH Marine
New Appointment Formed to Promote Sailing in Northern Ireland
Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, November 6, 2015 - LaserPerformance is delighted to announce the appointment of CH Marine as the official LaserPerformance dealer for all of Northern Ireland. Starting December 1, CH Marine will stock the full range of LaserPerformance boats and spares. The goal of this new appointment is to increase support for sailors in the region and attract a new wave of sailors into the sport.
Based in Newtonards, CH Marine is a dedicated resource in the marine industry and has demonstrated decades of high level service for their customers. Their already established presence in Southern Ireland provides them with the experience to be a strong leader in the Northern Ireland small boat community.
“CH Marine has been offering the best products, service and insight to customers in Ireland for the past 45 years and was appointed as our Dealer for Southern Ireland earlier this year. We are excited by the prospects of being able to work closer with the sailing community in Northern Ireland in a bid to get more sailors on the water moving forward.” Dan Smithers, Vice President of LaserPerformance.
This is an exciting and positive step forward for the community in Northern Ireland. The talent synergies of LaserPerformance and CH Marine will provide sailors in the region with the best of both worlds in customer service and product selection.
We look forward to advancing the vision for LaserPerformance with CH Marine. Our close working relationship will accelerate the momentum that both brands have built to promote dinghy sailing and the local sailing communities, clubs and programs in Ireland.
September 16, 2015: LaserPerformance Announces Class Approved Laser Standard Mark II Sail
LaserPerformance is pleased to announce that the new Standard Mark II Sail has just been signed off by the Laser class and ISAF for most competition. The sail will not be legal for ISAF World Cup competitions nor for the 2016 Olympics. Following the Olympic Games in Rio, the sail will be class legal for all competition. This new class approved sail is more durable due to its bi-radial construction, it is manufactured out of longer lasting 4.5 ounce Dacron cloth with optimized sail patches, tapered battens with Velcro batten pocket closures, and the new luff tube design is easier on the upper spars.
Official launch of the class approved Mark II sail is set for November 1st, 2015 and we will accept pre-orders starting today on Laserperformance.com and through our dealers for the retail price of £395.
Now that the Mark II sail has been class approved, it is the perfect time to pre-order yours today.
If you purchased the Laser Mark II Training Sail earlier this year, remember to use your rebate coupon for £50. towards your new class approved Mark II sail.
August 29th, 2015: Inaugural LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup Final Day and Results
Learn more about the annual LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup here.
August 27th, 2015: Inaugural LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup - Day 3 at Yale Corinthian Yacht Club
Learn more about the annual LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup here.
August 26th, 2015: Inaugural LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup - Meet the Teams
Learn more about the annual LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup here.
April 2, 2015 NEW Video: Laser Bahia
For those that like to roam and travel in the outdoors, Bahia will help get you there. Lay back and relax in a spacious cockpit for up to 5 people with a picnic in the optional storage box. Clever, integrated safety features make the Bahia accessible to youngsters and new sailors.
March 3, 2015 LaserPerformance Collegiate Website
After lots of hard work, the LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup finally has a homepage!
The LPCC draws together teams of university age sailors to compete in a unique and challenging event to be sailed in Z420's. It aims to provide the highest level of competition to young sailors from around the world.
Find the latest news, announcements and FAQ on the site. Feel free to ask questions or comment. We love your feedback!
Go explore at www.laserperformancecollegiatecup.com/.
January 31, 2015 LaserPerformance Wins Laser Trademark Case Against Belgium Based Optiteam and Nautisch Centerum Delfzijl
On 19 January, 2015, the Court of Appeals in Antwerp denied the trademark infringement appeal from Belgian dealer OptiTeam BVBA and importer Natisch Centerum Delfzijl – Tecinvest BV, and upheld the original decision of September 24, 2013 which favored of LaserPerformance.
The lawsuit was brought against OptiTeam and Tecinvest for illegally importing and selling boats and parts manufactured by Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) for distribution into LaserPerformance’s territories in Europe including Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg. After review by the Court of Appeals in Antwerp, the appeal from OptiTeam has been dismissed and LaserPerformance has been declared the winner of the case on all points. The judgment firmly confirms that LaserPerformance is the only entity with the right to the Laser trademarks in Europe. Based on the outcome of the trial, LaserPerformance is entitled to financial compensation, assets can be seized, and OptiTeam BVBA and importer Natisch Centerum Delfzijl – Tecinvest BV are prohibited from any future violations.
LaserPerformance will continue to take any and all legal action against any entity who is illegally and systematically importing PSA, and other, manufactured boats and parts into our trademark territories that include Europe, North America, South America, Africa and most of Asia.
December 9, 2014- LaserPerformance Holiday Closing Dates
LaserPerformance will be closed for the following dates for the holiday season:
Holiday Closings: December 24-January 7
Open as normal on Thursday January 8th, 2015.
**The last posting date before Christmas will be 19th of December
December 16, 2014- Holiday Bug Story
November 6, 2014- Better Planet: Infused Molding
November 4, 2014- GBR Sailor Nick Thompson Boat Pickup
November 4, 2014- Successful Sunfish World Championship
September 30, 2014- GBR Sailor Elliot Hansen Boat Pickup
September 19, 2014- New Mark II Laser Training Sail
For more information or to preorder the Mark II sail, click here.
September 17, 2014- Introducing Seitech Dollies
See more on Seitech Dollies for SUP and surf boards here.
August 11, 2014- Announcing the LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup 2015
06/09/2014 Check out the LaserPerformance team doing their bit in the Ice Bucket Challenge!
Check out our FaceBook page for more news and updates: https://www.facebook.com/LaserPerformanceSailboats
01/09/2014 Check out the guys in the Seitech Factory working hard to get the latest shipment out.
18/07/2014 Andrew Simpon Sailing Foundation flying the flag for the Pico
Andrew Simpson sailing foundation trustee and local primary school head teacher Jeremy Payne ith his year 6 pupils, following a days sailing on the Picos.
30/06/2014 Classic find at the weekend
A big thank you to Vicky Wilson for letting me post a photo of her fantastic
Laser from the 1980's still with the same sail that came with the boat in
27/06/2014 Jeff Loosemore from Australia
Just collected his new Laser from us today for his 2014 European tour.
Good luck and happy sailing from LaserPerformance.
17/06/2014 116 Laser's for the ISAF Youth Worlds he European Team are all working hard fitting out 116 Laser’s for ISAF Youth Worlds in Tavira,
Portugal. The Event will run from the 12 – 19 July.
06/06/2014 LaserPerformance Showroom
LaserPerformance are working hard on our new showroom due to be completed in the next 4 weeks
with all our range of boats and spares including a Seitech display .
28/05/2014 Check out our Laser rig options online!
23/05/2014 Pictured here is the Ali Young London 2012 Olympic Laser at Papercourt Sailing Club!
LaserPerformance was happy to show support at the Papercourt Sailing Club's open day while
many people got out on the water to enjoy a fun-filled day of sailing!
20/05/14 Another happy LaserPerformance employee sporting a radiant smile!
Louise works in our International Dealer Team and has decided it’s time to play around in the #Laser.
12/05/14 The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation has been busy getting ready for the season with the help of LaserPerformance!
For more information on courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
25/2/2014 Free Harken Water Bottle with Every Online Order While Stocks Last
11/2/2014 Win A Pico With LaserPerformance and Yachts and Yachting
LaserPerformance and Yachts and Yachting have teamed up to give you the chance to win a Laser Pico
worth over £2500. learn more at http://www.yachtsandyachting.co.uk/home-featured/win-your-own-laser-pico/