Terk Wins $6.7M Award Against Windmaster

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Terk Technologies has been awarded a $6.7 million judgement against Windmaster Manufacturing, based in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and its owner, Devan Dockery. The award is for a breach of a settlement between Terk and Windmaster over a prior disagreement concerning the design of a remote control extender device. The device lets a user control a VCR, TV or DBS Satellite system from any room in a house.

An award amount of $6,758,433 plus accrued interest was decided upon by an arbitration panel and confirmed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The panel determined, in part, that Windmaster told potential retail outlets for Terk's product, called the "Leap Frog," that Terk was actually not able to make the product and would not be available to manufacture or sell it to them. This, the panel said, denied Terk the opportunity to arrange supplier contracts with potential retail partners and conduct normal business with the Leap Frog remote control extender. The award covers what the panel said Terk could have reasonably expected to earn from sales of the product as well as the general value of the company that would have resulted from healthy product sales.

The person manning the phone at the Windmaster Manufacturing business number in DeFuniak Springs said the company had been "closed down." Terk is a developer and manufacturer of indoor and outdoor antennas, AM/FM antennas, HDTV and analog TV antennas, and wireless multi-room audio/video distribution and multi-room control systems.

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