Monday, October 1, 2012
Scent-Lok Wins Lawsuits Challenging Carbon Hunting Clothing
ALS Enterprises, Inc., which makes Scent-Lok® odor reducing carbon hunting apparel, has claimed a complete victory in the nine federal lawsuits that challenged Scent-Lok®'s ability to control human odor. After over five years of litigation, plaintiffs finally said "uncle" and agreed to take nothing and dismiss all of the pending lawsuits with prejudice. The final straw for plaintiffs was the district court's August 17, 2012 Order dismissing the first-filed Minnesota case. In that Order, the district court noted the extent to which these lawsuits were lawyer-driven: "The Court is firmly convinced that 'this litigation is so feeble that it is best to end it immediately,' as its 'only goal . . . appears to be fees for the plaintiffs' lawyers.' Indeed, it would simply ignore reality to believe that this case is about anything other than fees at this juncture, given the small number of Plaintiffs and the paltry damages they could recover if they were to prevail. There exists no perceptible public benefit."
Less than a week later, plaintiffs in the eight other lawsuits agreed to end those lawsuits as well. As explained in the final dismissal orders, an example of which is attached, Scent-Lok® products give hunters a real advantage:
"Expert testing found that, using highly elevated test odor concentrations that were 'likely a ten thousand fold greater than a human body could produce in the course of 24 hours,' Scent-Lok® carbon hunting clothing fabrics blocked 96-99% of the odor compounds, and essentially 100% of the surrogate body odor compounds tested."
As exemplified by the test results below, Scent-Lok® carbon hunting clothing fabrics dramatically outperformed non-carbon fabrics at blocking odor permeation in head-to-head testing:
(sample time = 1 hour)
Fleece Balaclava w/out carbon
Fleece Balaclava w/Scent-Lok®
Base Layer w/out carbon
Base Layer w/Scent-Lok®
Hunting Jacket w/out carbon
Hunting Jacket w/Scent-Lok®
Hunting Pants w/out carbon
Hunting Pants w/Scent-Lok®
"Expert testing also found that after drying, or washing and drying, Scent-Lok carbon fabrics continue to be highly effective at blocking odor permeation."
Greg Sesselmann, Scent-Lok®'s president and the inventor of carbon hunting clothing, commented: "We are gratified and vindicated by the end of these nine lawsuits. It gives me great satisfaction that Scent-Lok® products were shown without question to be highly effective at reducing odors, which allows hunters to get close to wildlife and experience the beauty of nature like never before. It saddens me to think that lawyers are allowed to abuse the legal system and companies like us with groundless lawsuits."
"Our customer satisfaction level is extremely high, based on survey evidence and unsolicited testimonials from hunters, because Scent-Lok® products work unbelievably well," Sesselmann remarked. "Customers don't need an attorney to get total satisfaction from Scent-Lok®; because our products come with an unconditional satisfaction guarantee. On behalf of our consumers and retail partners, we remain focused on making products for the best hunting experience in the world."