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Lacks Home Products Files Unfair Competition Lawsuit Against Home Depot For China-Made Product

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lacks Home Products, LLC, an affiliate of global manufacturer Lacks Enterprises, Inc., announced it has filed an unfair competition lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against Home Depot USA, Inc. In the lawsuit, Lacks asserts that Home Depot and its sourcing subsidiary HD Supply committed patent infringement, breach of a prior settlement agreement, and fraudulent misrepresentation, among other counts surrounding Lacks' Coach House Accents® patented garage door enhancement products. Lacks seeks monetary damages and a permanent injunction prohibiting further sales by Home Depot and HD Supply of the infringing China-made product.

Coach House Accents is a line of garage door improvement products, including decorative simulated window overlays, handles and hinges that allow a homeowner to enhance the appearance of their home exterior at a reasonable cost. Lacks invented and patented the product and created the garage door enhancement category. Soon after Lacks launched its proprietary garage door accents, Home Depot's HD Supply subsidiary worked with a Chinese manufacturer to make a nearly identical product, but with alleged inferior...