CirTran/PlayBev Continue to Gain Legal Victories Over Playboy
7th Win in 7 Legal Battles with Playboy Enterprises
SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 9, 2014 -- CirTran Corporation (OTC BB: CIRC) and its Play Beverages partner continued to be a big and consistent winner in their on-going legal battle with Playboy Enterprises this week as the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois ruled in favor of the companies and their senior executives.
The Hon. Kathleen M. Pantle dismissed all claims brought by Playboy against CirTran Corporation, and personally against CirTran President Iehab J. Hawatmeh and fellow senior executive Fadi Nora. Judge Pantel’s ruling focused on Playboy’s inability to plead facts sufficient to state a claim against these parties under Illinois law. She allowed Playboy the opportunity to file an amended complaint if Playboy can honestly assert facts that would allow Playboy to pierce the corporate veil.
This was the seventh time in as many rulings (since December 2012) that CirTran and its partners have won in court against Playboy.
In a related matter, Judge Pantle granted CirTran and its Play Beverages partners’ motion to compel Jimmy Esebag and United Licensing Group to respond to discovery requests and deposition questions, finding that Mr. Esebag and Playboy’s legal counsel engaged in obstructionist conduct by refusing to produce relevant evidence and testimony. Judge Pantel also reserved on awarding fees and sanctions against Mr. Esebag and Playboy for a later date.
“While we have spent too much time in court battling seemingly never-ending yet fruitless charges brought by Playboy, we are delighted to again have the court rule in our favor,” Mr. Hawatmeh said.
“Beverage distribution continues to be the flagship of our product line,” he added, “and we are moving ahead with sales and distribution of Playboy Energy Drink with the famous rabbit trademark, in 20 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the U.S., South America, Europe and Canada.”
About CirTran Corporation
Founded in 1993, CirTran Corporation (www.cirtran.com) has evolved from its roots in electronics to focus on manufacturing and marketing Playboy Energy Drink worldwide. In 2007, CirTran created its CirTran Beverage subsidiary, which partnered with Play Beverages LLC, to introduce and distribute Playboy Energy Drink a year later. CirTran also continues to maintain the capabilities of its previous core business in off-shore manufacturing of high-volume electronics, fitness equipment and household products for the multi-billion-dollar direct response industry.
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