AFL Successfully Settles Lawsuit; Court Enters Permanent Injunction against SurplusEQ.com, Inc.

  AFL Successfully Settles Lawsuit; Court Enters Permanent Injunction against
  SurplusEQ.com, Inc.

Business Wire

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- January 30, 2014

AFL announced today it successfully settled its lawsuit against SurplusEQ.com,
Inc., including a permanent injunction against SurplusEQ.com, Inc. issued by
the United States District Court. In the suit, AFL contended that
SurplusEQ.com, Inc. sold Fujikura fusion splicers that were modified from
their original design; thus, providing splicers that were materially
different, causing confusion to customers. The court concluded: “A permanent
injunction serves the public interest in that it will prevent the confusion
that results from the marketing and sale of unauthorized Fujikura fusion
splicers that are materially different from those authorized for sale in the
U.S., and will prevent the distribution of Fujikura fusion splicers bearing
modified software that may cause failures or other defects in the operation of
the splicers. Such protection is the central goal of the Lanham (Trademark)
Act.”

“AFL is pleased with the outcome of this lawsuit and the positive message for
our customers who use Fujikura fusion splicers and rely on them to conduct
business on a daily basis,” commented Steve Althoff, executive vice president
of AFL’s equipment division. “Fujikura fusion splicers are known for their
exceptional performance and high quality, and when customers purchase this
brand, they expect to get a product that is the same product that was shipped
from Fujikura’s manufacturing plant. Unfortunately, this was not happening. As
the exclusive provider of Fujikura fusion splicers in North America, AFL will
continue to protect both Fujikura’s and our customer’s interests to the
fullest extent.”

A court-approved permanent injunction has been served on SurplusEQ.com, Inc.
and its owner, Daniel Parsons. The judgment prohibits SurplusEQ.com, Inc. and
Daniel Parsons from selling any new Fujikura fusion splicers, and it prohibits
SurplusEQ.com, Inc. and Daniel Parsons from selling any new Fujikura fusion
splicers that are not properly licensed and verified for the North American
territory. Additionally, SurplusEQ.com, Inc. agreed to pay AFL a significant
financial sum to compensate AFL.

AFL is wholly-owned by Fujikura Ltd., the world leader in fusion splicing
technology. AFL has the exclusive right to distribute Fujikura fusion splicers
in all countries comprising the North America continent.

For additional information on AFL, its products and services, visit
www.AFLglobal.com.

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility,
broadband, communications, enterprise and OEM markets as well as the emerging
markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and
transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic
cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment,
connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service
portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications
companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant,
enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional
products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical
and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada,
Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in
Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan.
For more information, visitwww.AFLglobal.com.

About Fujikura
Fujikura is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and manufactures products for the
telecommunications, electronics, automotive and energy sectors. Fujikura’s
fusion splicers are well-known for performance, productivity and reliability.
AFL offers the most extensive line of Fujikura fusion splicers and related
equipment for field splicing and factory/laboratory use. All fusion splicers
sold by AFL are backed with a factory warranty and a 24/7 technical support
team. For more information, visit www.fujikura.co.jp.

Contact:

AFL
Corie Culp, Public Relations Manager
864-433-5409
Corie.Culp@AFLglobal.com
 
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