According to the Portland Business Journal, Nike has settled its high-profile lawsuit against three former designers just as it was getting underway. Back in December, Nike accused Denis Dekovic, Marc Dolce and Mark Miner of conspiring to steal trade secrets, strategic plans and product designs to help adidas build a facsimile of Nike’s famed innovation lab, the Kitchen. The case was in the middle of its “discovery and deposition” phases, following the issuing of a countersuit from the trio. However news of a settlement has appeared seemingly out of nowhere. “The case was resolved through a confidential settlement,” said the designers’ attorney.
Although terms of the settlement are currently unknown, we are now aware of some details just coming to light. While the shoe designers recently asked the court for permission to take a video deposition of Nike CEO Mark Parker and other high-level Nike executives, the Swoosh subpoenaed several top global executives from adidas, including North America head Mark King and executive board member Eric Liedtke.
While this seems to be the end of the dispute, we can bet more news will surely surface regarding the settlement in the near future.