Briggs Team Successfully Defends Client, Cortec Corporation, Against $65 Million Claim in Ohio Federal Court

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October 23, 2017

Northern Technologies International Corporation (NTIC) and our client, Cortec Corporation, are worldwide competitors in the corrosion inhibiting chemical industry. Based on, among other things, Cortec’s licensing and distribution relationship with a Chinese entity, NTIC sued Cortec first in Minnesota state court and then in the United States District Court in the Northern District of Ohio, filing an 11-count complaint alleging:

  1. Breach of Contract
  2. Declaratory Judgment
  3. Tortious Interference with Contractual Relationship
  4. Tortious Interference with Prospective Economic Relations
  5. Deceptive Trade Practices
  6. Common Law Unfair Competition
  7. Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  8. Unjust Enrichment
  9. Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
  10. False Advertising
  11. Common Law Product Disparagement

After over two years of litigation, a jury trial was held in September 2017. Upon the close of NTIC’s evidence, our team successfully moved for judgment as a matter of law and secured dismissal of all claims with prejudice.

The Briggs trial team included attorneys Greg Stenmoe, Britt Gilbertson and Dani Fitzsimmons, and paralegal Brian Kubiak.

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