SC Johnson Press Room
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Racine Judge Rules in Favor of SC Johnson in Michael DeGuelle Case


Court Awards Company $50,000 in Damages

RACINE, Wis., June 1, 2011 – Responding to today’s ruling by Racine Circuit Court Judge Charles H. Constantine in the case related to former employee Michael DeGuelle, Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability for SC Johnson said:

"We are thrilled with today's decision by Judge Constantine ordering former employee Michael DeGuelle to return all SC Johnson documents that he still has, as well as pay the $50,000 requested by SC Johnson for damages caused by his false statements about the company. This decision brings welcome closure to a two year process in which the judge ruled in favor of SC Johnson and dismissed all of DeGuelle’s claims against the company on April 15.

We needed to protect the hard earned reputation of SC Johnson, as integrity and a high ethical standard are part of our core values on how we operate.

Finally the company will donate the $50,000 in damages to Health Care Network, a non-profit agency providing free or low cost health care to residents of Racine County who are medically uninsured and have a limited income. After two years of litigation, it is gratifying the community will benefit from the outcome.”

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, and pest control. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, and MR. MUSCLE®. The 125-year-old company, with more than $8 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

 

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