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LIFETIME PRODUCTS WINS INJUNCTION AGAINST WEN’S PHOENIX

March 4, 2002

CLEARFIELD, UTAH – Lifetime Products Inc., a worldwide leader in the folding table market, announced today that it has obtained a Court Order granting its Motion for Preliminary Injunctive Relief against Wen’s Phoenix Corporation, a competitor in the folding table market.  The Court Order was granted in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division.

The Court Order concluded that Defendant Wen’s Phoenix Corporation, its officers, agents, servants, employees, attorneys and all other persons in active concert or participation with them are enjoined from manufacturing, selling, and importing the accused B-27230 table of Wen’s Phoenix.  The Order also provides that Wen’s Phoenix is enjoined from actively inducing others to infringe and from engaging in any acts of contributory infringement of Claim 1 of the ‘552 patent.  Finally, Wen’s Phoenix has been enjoined from all other acts of infringement of Claim 1 of the Lifetime ‘552 patent.

Lifetime also has asked the Federal District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah for an injunction that would prohibit other competitors, including Igloo Products Corporation and The Hon Company from developing, selling, or licensing products that infringe upon Lifetime’s intellectual property.

Lifetime continues to evaluate the conduct of other competitors as well, and Lifetime will proceed aggressively against those who Lifetime determines are infringing upon the valuable intellectual property interests embodied in Lifetime’s line of folding tables.

In 1995, Lifetime Products invented blow-molded polyethylene picnic tabletops.  Blow-molded polyethylene tabletops are stronger and more durable than wood, and are stain resistant.  Lifetime expanded its blow-molding technology in 1998 by introducing the first blow-molded polyethylene folding banquet table.  Today, Lifetime is the world’s largest manufacturer of these polyethylene top folding tables.  

For more information, please contact Lifetime Public Relations at pr@Lifetime.com.

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About Lifetime Products: Established in 1986, Lifetime Products, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Clearfield, Utah. Lifetime Products is the world's largest manufacturer of blow-molded polyethylene folding tables and chairs, and residential basketball hoops. With products sold in 58 countries, Lifetime has been manufacturing in Utah for more than 25 years and employs 1,250 people in its Clearfield facility, and more than 2,075 people worldwide. For more information about Lifetime Products, Inc. and its products, visit www.Lifetime.com.