Rand McNally files defamation lawsuit against ONE20

By Land Line staff | 7/21/2017

Rand McNally is scheduled on July 26 to file its latest action in a defamation lawsuit against a Minnesota-based company that makes products geared toward truck drivers.

In the original filing from February, Rand McNally accused ONE20 of making “false and defamatory statements … either directly or by implication” regarding Rand McNally’s ability to satisfy warranties and provide adequate service and customer focus. 

Rand McNally’s complaint alleged “defamation/negligence” and “defamation/recklessness.” In May, ONE20 filed a motion to dismiss in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

“Rand McNally relies not on Defendants’ actual statements, but on Rand McNally’s own, self-serving characterization of Defendants’ statements,” the motion said. “Even then, Rand McNally’s constructions of the statements still do not fit the definition of defamation.”

ONE20 has made quite the splash in the trucking industry over the past year, selling such products as electronic logging devices and energy shots. Rand McNally, which was founded in 1856, also sells ELDs and truck navigation.

In March, ONE20 issued a news release about the lawsuit.

“We expect to see a lot of so-called competitors get upset with the disruption we are producing,” said Christian Schenk, founder, president and CEO of ONE20.

Rand McNally’s response to ONE20’s motion is due July 26.

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