Columbia Sportswear awarded $3.3 million in lawsuit over electronically heated jackets

PORTLAND, Ore. – A federal judge awarded Columbia Sportswear $3.3 million in its lawsuit against a company that allegedly supplied faulty components for Columbia’s electrically heated jackets.

The Oregonian reports ( ) that Magistrate Judge Paul Papak issued the default judgment this week against Fibretronic Limited.

The Hong Kong-based company did nothing to challenge Columbia over the lawsuit filed in September 2013. Columbia had sought $9.4 million in damages.

The lawsuit said Fibretronics’ heating components included wires that were improperly aligned and created an electrical short.

No injuries were reported by people who bought the jackets. Columbia, however, has stopped making them.


Information from: The Oregonian,