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REPAIR PARTS COUNTERFEITING SUIT BROUGHT AGAINST BROWN & SHARPE'S FORMER NEW ENGLAND DISTRIBUTOR

 REPAIR PARTS COUNTERFEITING SUIT BROUGHT AGAINST BROWN & SHARPE'S
 FORMER NEW ENGLAND DISTRIBUTOR
 NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Company (NYSE: BNS) has brought suit against its former automatic screw machine repair parts distributor in New England, seeking to enjoin it (both temporarily and permanently) from selling and passing off imitation machine repair parts as genuine Brown & Sharpe parts. The suit was filed in the United States District Court in Rhode Island against Ray H. Morris Company of New Britain, Conn., and its parent company, Wayne Steel Company of Elizabeth, N.J.
 James W. Hayes, III, Brown & Sharpes secretary and corporate counsel, commented, "Once the company became aware of such activity in the spring of 1991, it terminated its distributorship agreement with Ray Morris; however, after further investigation, such activity on the part of Ray Morris appeared to be continuing. Brown & Sharpe determined it was necessary to bring legal action to protect its trademark and goodwill in the industry and to recover lost sales and profits as a result of Ray Morris' violation of its distribution agreement."
 Larry Shaw, product manager for Machine Repair Parts, said, "the misrepresentation of third party repair parts as authentic parts made by the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) has been a considerable problem within many U.S. industries." Some of the most notable cases have involved the airlines in which misrepresented repair parts jeopardized passenger safety.
 "When a customer pays full price for first quality repair parts he should not receive something less -- parts which may wear out prematurely or cause further machinery malfunction," Shaw continued. "The customer has a right to know what he is getting and the OEM has an obligation to protect customers from such misrepresentation. This suit will provide necessary assurance to our customers that they can buy genuine Brown & Sharpe repair parts with full confidence in quality and service that began more than 150 years ago."
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 /CONTACT: James W. Hayes, III of Brown & Sharpe, 401-886-2000/
 (BNS) CO: Brown & Sharpe ST: Rhode Island IN: MAC SU:


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