Michelin North America settles lawsuit with Nashville manufacturer

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Greenville-based Michelin North America announced last week that it has settled its lawsuit against Tire Recappers, a Nashville-based manufacturer of retread tires.

The suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville, focused on design patent infringements for the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 and Michelin LTX M/S2 tires, which are produced by Michelin in the United States.

Michelin claimed that two tire models by Tire Recappers – the Cross Grip M/T and the All Position Highway 2 – infringed Michelin’s U.S patents. The companies have agreed to not disclose terms of the settlement, according to a press release.

“Michelin monitors the marketplace for infringements of our intellectual property at every performance level and price point,” said Scott Clark, chief operating officer for Michelin North America. “Michelin will continue to pursue aggressive legal action to protect our products that are covered by our intellectual property.”

With its headquarters in Greenville, Michelin North America employs more than 22,000 people and operates 19 manufacturing plants. The company designs, manufactures, and sells tires for airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, and other types of vehicles. It also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps, and road atlases.

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