Columbia Asks EU Antitrust Watchdog To Probe WL Gore

Law360, New York (June 13, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT) -- Columbia Sportswear Co. said Monday it had asked the European Commission to investigate whether W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. had abused the dominance of its Gore-Tex breathable waterproof materials as the company faces a similar probe in the U.S.

The Portland, Ore.-based sportswear manufacturer and its Italian subsidiary filed a complaint with the European Union's antitrust watchdog accusing W.L. Gore of violating the bloc's antitrust laws. Columbia and its OutDry Technologies SRL unit, which makes a competing type of waterproofing technology, maintain that W.L. Gore has...
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