SOURCE: Trueman International Group

March 28, 2011 14:20 ET

Trueman International Group (TIG) & Mr. Edward Trueman File Defamation and Breach of Contract Suit Against SoleGear Design Inc. and Mr. Toby Reid

BLAINE, WA--(Marketwire - March 28, 2011) -  Trueman International Group and its Chairman, Edward Trueman, announced today the filing of a $2.1 million defamation and breach of contract suit in federal court against SoleGear Design Company, Inc. ("SoleGear"), and its founder, Toby Reid, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. According to the suit filed today, Reid is responsible for publishing libelous and defamatory allegations including charges of theft of IP and financial malfeasance against Mr. Trueman on public websites and blogs.

Reid's motive, according to the suit, was to deflect blame from himself and to retaliate for the recent abrupt departure of SoleGear's senior management, led by Mr. Trueman, from SoleGear due to financial and ethical concerns raised by Reid's actions. "Mr. Reid's defamatory postings could not go unchallenged," says Mr. Trueman. "A man's stock in trade is his reputation for honesty and integrity. Mr. Reid's retaliatory actions speak volumes about his character and reinforces why I terminated my relationship with SoleGear."

Included in the federal filing in USDC, Western District at Seattle, were sworn declarations in support of Mr. Trueman from several former Officers, Executives, and Directors of JER Envirotech Ltd. ("JER") and SoleGear, the companies named in Reid's allegations. 

Mr. Bill Anderson, who served as Chief Operating Officer for JER and SoleGear, commented, "I worked side-by-side with Mr. Trueman since March, 2006 at JER Envirotech and SoleGear in high level executive capacities. As part of the Senior Management team, I was directly involved in every critical business decision, including company financing, approval of capital budgets and the development of critical intellectual properties. Mr. Trueman always maintained the Company's best interests at all times. During my tenure as COO at SoleGear, Edward demonstrate[d] strong leadership with high integrity to each and every duty he performed. I am disappointed by the comments published. They are a vindictive and unnecessary attack on a man who made every attempt to make SoleGear successful without receiving full compensation for his efforts or a thank you."

Mr. Ronald Price, former outside Director of JER, responded to the Reid's allegations that Mr. Trueman stole IP and embezzled funds from JER: "Ed's professional management of JER... extended the potential of JER well beyond prudent expectations. During all of the JER process, I was keenly aware of Ed's management, decisions, challenges and personally attest that his conduct was exceptional, professional, and in no way breached legal or moral behavior."

Additionally, Mr. Ji Yoon, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of JER, offered these comments in his sworn statement: "Edward and I issued personal loans to the company in meeting payroll for the production staff. At certain times, Edward made a personal decision to defer his own payroll to meet the payroll for production staff. I have full confidence in Edward's professional and moral conduct."

ABOUT TRUEMAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP: Trueman International Group is a Washington State based global consulting, engineering, sales and marketing agency specializing in specialty polymers and sustainable technologies.

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