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Rye exec named in furniture lawsuit


A furniture company has accused The Door Store and its chief executive, a Rye resident, of cancelling its contracts and paying a competitor to supply products copied from its own designs.
John Kelly Furniture Design Inc. of Oceanside, N.Y. made the charges in a lawsuit filed in New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan this month. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Furniture-In-Parts Corp., doing business as The Door Store, and President and Chief Executive Officer Jodi Brinkman Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald could not be reached at her Forest Avenue home in Rye, and she did not return a call to The Door Store’s headquarters in Secaucus, N.J.
Mitchell Greene, a Manhattan attorney for The Door Store, denied the lawsuit’s charges and said his client planned a vigorous defense.
In the lawsuit, John Kelly said Fitzgerald’s company had bought more than $1 million in furniture from the business between December 2004 and February 2008. Fitzgerald asked a John Kelly competitor, California-based Ligna USA Inc., to duplicate pieces from John Kelly’s Tranquility collection of bedroom furniture, court papers said.
Fitzgerald shipped some Tranquility pieces to a Ligna plant in Indonesia so they could be copied, John Kelly charged. Ligna is also a defendant in the case. The Ligna furniture that The Door Store eventually bought is “virtually identical” to the Tranquility line, the lawsuit said.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Thursday, July 24th, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
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Prestige Brands earnings rise 24 percent


Prestige Brands Holdings Inc. reported net income rose in the company’s fiscal fourth quarter, which ended March 31, to $10.4 million, up 24 percent from the $8.4 million it reported a year ago.

On a per-share basis, the Irvington-based maker of familiar household products reported it earned 21 cents a share, compared to 17 cents a share in the year-ago quarter.

Revenues, Prestige Brands said, rose to $80.4 million, up 3 percent from $78 million a year ago.

The revenue increase was driven by improved sales of the company’s over-the-counter health care and household products segments, said Prestige, whose products include Comet cleanser, Compound W wart remover and Prell shampoo.

Posted by David Schepp on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
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