I wanted to give our customers an update on Collins with respect to the antitrust lawsuit Collins filed against Kodak in September 2013.
First and foremost, I would like to apologize to customers who have been caught in the middle of the conflict between Collins and Kodak. I am embarrassed at having been put in a position where I felt it was necessary for Collins to take action against Kodak. However, if we had not taken action, Kodak would have been able to push Collins out of a market we had operated freely in for almost 25 years for inks I have been formulating since 1982.
On March 6th the Southern District court of Ohio issued a preliminary injunction which required Kodak to return to the status quo and prohibited Kodak from differentiating the price for printhead refurbishing services based on the ink, either Collins or Kodak, that a customer used. In mid July, Collins learned that Kodak had continued to engage in differential pricing.
As a result, Collins challenged Kodak’s compliance with the injunction ordered by the Court. In response, the Court: 1) ordered Kodak to send to customers the correspondence, approved by the Court, establishing compliance; 2) ordered Kodak to pay an agreed upon portion of Collins’s attorney fees; and 3) extended the injunction until the case is resolved at trial, unless the injunction is overturned on appeal.
If any customers have questions with respect to the refunds or credits owed to them by Kodak due to differential pricing of refurbishment, feel free to contact us.
We have also posted updates of our refurbishment, parts, and support program for Kodak Versamark printers, and added other content relating to other products we have begun to offer the market including Collins branded inks for Kodak Prosper printheads.
Collins’ first priority has been, and will continue to be, to be the best vendor for our customers. Along those lines, I would welcome any questions, comments or suggestions you have at 513-948-9000.
Thank you for your continued support,