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CSIA Awarded Sanctions by the Federal District Court
Date:  11/1/2005
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Plainfield, IN - November 1, 2005 The Federal District Court in San Diego has sanctioned Mark Powers and California Air Duct and Chimney Cleaning, Inc. of Carlsbad, CA (collectively "California Air Duct") for violation of a previous order in 2004 relating to the unauthorized use of CSIA's trademarks.

These sanctions against Mark Powers were issued as a result of California Air Duct's recent use of the term "certified" which the court ruled was in violation of the specific language of the 2004 injunction and the court awarded CSIA $5,000 in damages plus its attorneys' fees. In addition to sanctions, a bench warrant has been issued for Mark Powers' arrest (with no bail possible) for his failure to appear at the last hearing.

"At this point, we are unsure whether we will see either Mr. Powers or his court ordered payments in the near future," said Mark McSweeney, executive director of CSIA. "However, CSIA will continue to pursue protection of its trademarks to the fullest extent possible, and in this particular case the fact that a warrant has been issued for Mr. Powers' arrest speaks volumes about the strength of our trademark and the vigilance of CSIA."

Click here for the complete CSIA v. CALIFORNIA AIR DUCT, et al. October 17, 2005 Order Granting Motion to Enforce Permanent Injunction (.pdf opens in new window).

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The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to chimney and venting system safety. CSIA is committed to the elimination of residential chimney fires, carbon monoxide intrusion and other chimney-related hazards that result in the loss of lives and property. To achieve these goals, CSIA devotes its resources to educating the public, chimney and venting professionals and other fire prevention specialists about the prevention and correction of chimney and venting system hazards.

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