ST. LOUIS — A urethane ink resins supplier is suing a urethane ink manufacturer, citing alleged breach of contract and unjust enrichment.
Kane International Corp. filed a complaint June 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Eastern Division against US Polymers-Accurez LLC, alleging that the defendant failed to comply with the noncompetition and confidentiality provisions of the supply agreement and secrecy agreement.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 16, 2009, the plaintiff entered into a supply agreement with the defendant and both agreed that the defendant would manufacture and supply urethane ink resins for sale to the plaintiff's customers. Also as part of the agreement, the defendant would not produce any of the plaintiff's formulas for any purpose other than for use by Kane, and parties would not compete with each other. However, the plaintiff claims that some of their suppliers canceled their orders and allegedly went directly to the defendant. As a result, plaintiff suffered a loss of customer relationship, contacts and loss of income.
The plaintiff holds US Polymers-Accurez responsible because the defendant allegedly trademarked product name in a direct attempt to mislead the plaintiff's customers, undermine the plaintiff's customers' relationships and stole its business.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order enjoining and restraining US Polymers-Accure LLC, and award such other and further relief as it deems just and proper. They are represented by John R. Munich, Scott Eidson and Joy Syrcle of Stinson Leonard Street LLP in St. Louis.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Eastern Division case number 4:17-cv-01625-RLW