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L.L. Bean loses lawsuit with Maine wreath maker

Judge orders L.L. Bean to pay Maine wreath maker nearly $1M over poor sales By The Associated Press

HARRINGTON, Maine (AP) ' A Maine wreath-making company has won a nearly $1 million judgment in a legal dispute with L.L. Bean over the production of wreaths and other products for the 2008 holiday season.

A Maine Business and Consumer Court judge ordered the outdoors retailer to pay Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington after finding that L.L. Bean ordered more wreaths than it could ultimately sell. The judge said Worcester had to step up production of balsam wreaths, centerpieces and other items that never sold.

L.L. Bean's sales took a hit that year because of the recession.



An L.L. Bean spokeswoman tells the Bangor Daily News (http://bit.ly/xA94SU) no appeal decision has been made.

An attorney for Worcester says the judgment is a "positive decision" that allows the company to fulfill its financial obligations.

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Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com


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