In a ruling last December in a narrower-scope trademark-infringement suit brought by Plasti Dip, Tunheim declined to bar sales of the Rust-Oleum products. "The court finds there is little likelihood of confusion between the two products," the judge said.
Plasti Dip wants a federal judge to find Rust-Oleum in violation of a nondisclosure agreement, guilty of stealing trade secrets, violating its trademark and using Plasti Dip's proprietary process in FlexiDip and Peel Coat.
Haasl said Plasti Dip shared with Rust-Oleum how to take the coating from a concentrate to a state that can be used in an aerosol can. But Haasl didn't give up the "secret source," the actual chemical ingredients.
Plasti Dip employs 55 people at its Blaine plant and through a Milwaukee distributor. However, several temporary workers in Blaine were let go this year as sales growth slowed.
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