Columbia Sportswear Sues Two Former Execs For Trade Secrets Theft

April 27, 2023

The lawsuit, brought by Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter, contends that William Ferreira, Columbia’s former director of global merchandising for Columbia’s PFG-PHG, youth, accessories, headwear, and equipment categories, and Dean Rurak, who served as SVP and chief product officer for Columbia Sportswear, misappropriated confidential documents. Ferreira joined Columbia in July 2004, and Rurak joined the company in July 2008. Both resigned on October 28, 2022. SGB Media