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Old 08-02-2013, 12:10 PM #1
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Save Phace sued in Federal Court

Save Phace, a company that manufactures a multipurpose boating mask, welding face protectors, and paintball goggles, has been sued in Federal Court.

The plaintiff was a friend of the owner of Save Phace, and alleges that he created the entire concept of the welding face protector, and was excluded from the profits of the sale of said face protector, was wrongly excluded from being listed as the inventor of it on all the patent filings, and that his personal effects, financial documents, and tools were (effectively) stolen from him when he was fired, as he was barred from the office premises.

While vaguely related to paintball, the court filings from the plaintiff reveal some interesting info about Save Phace, their struggles as a company (while in paintball, no less), and their business model now:

http://www.slashdocs.com/mrsnpv/ment...ace-et-al.html



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Old 08-02-2013, 12:37 PM #2
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Wow, that's quite the read. Sketchy....
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:20 PM #3
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:26 PM #4
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Phascinating stuff.

I haven't read a legal brief since my required business law course. It sounds like the Wright's really took it to him and hopefully Mr. Menta gets all that he deserves from this.

But this is why you never trust anyone but yourself when it comes to new ideas. Even the best of friends can be driven to nefarious deeds. He should have involved himself with the patent application process
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:39 PM #5
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This is very interesting...
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:08 PM #6
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Interesting indeed.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:14 PM #7
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:46 PM #8
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Hope he kept design sketches and prototypes
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:11 PM #10
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Not a 'previous' paintball goggle company... they are still making and selling goggles for paintball. It is also not surprising that they were struggling... EVERY single company in the sport has had periods of serious financial distress in the last 5 years.

I've known too many people screwed over from similar situations... document everything and protect yourself in anything business related!

That being said, while it sounds like the owner of Save Phace was a total douche nozzle I won't say the same for their sales reps I have worked with for the past 3 years. Everyone there I have interacted with are great people.
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:16 PM #11
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Never liked their products and if its true what they have done then shame on them.
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:23 PM #12
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:23 PM #13
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Its funny this came up. These guys will not stop calling my supply shop trying to make me a distributor of their welding helmets....
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:40 PM #14
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:44 PM #15
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Interesting. It looks like the lawsuit originated in state court but the defendants have (or are trying to) remove to federal court.
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:22 PM #16
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:37 PM #18
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The paintball industry is too small to try and screw people over and come out ontop, whether there's a lawsuit or not.

I remember a rumor about some US troops wearing a version of this mask since they were supposedly bullet proof. Most likely a BS story someone tried to tell me though.
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I remember a rumor about some US troops wearing a version of this mask since they were supposedly bullet proof. Most likely a BS story someone tried to tell me though.
100% BS since I've seen a paintball break the lens tabs that hold it in place...
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100% BS since I've seen a paintball break the lens tabs that hold it in place...
Honestly, my first thought was along the lines of this. I figured one of their crap lenses popped out and someone got shot in the eye all at the same time.
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Not a 'previous' paintball goggle company... they are still making and selling goggles for paintball. It is also not surprising that they were struggling... EVERY single company in the sport has had periods of serious financial distress in the last 5 years.

I've known too many people screwed over from similar situations... document everything and protect yourself in anything business related!
If that's the case Dye should be in a **** ton of hot water.
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