NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Enjoying a cold non-alcoholic beverage when riding in a taxi is about to get hot as U.S.A. Vendicab, Corp. the company that developed the patent pending vending machine, is suing a would be competitor for unauthorized use and theft of trade secrets.
“Initially, I thought it was impossible but he kept after me until I found patent attorneys and the necessary technical experts to make it happen”
A complaint was filed today, Monday, October 28, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by Yellow Cab SLS Jet Management and U.S.A. Vendicab, Corp. against defendants In Vehicle Vending Systems, LLC, Daniel Dao and Jack G. Schwartz, a New York resident, d/b/a Paramount Commercial Manufacturing d/b/a Fortune Vending, Inc.
The defendants are alleged to have violated non-disclosure agreements, infringed trademarks, attempted to trade on U.S.A. Vendicab’s trade secrets and otherwise committed unfair competition under Federal and state fair trade practices law. The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
The vending machine, in development since 2007, was the idea of then 14 year-old Shaun Garber, whose father; Simon Garber is a major stakeholder in the taxi industry. “Initially, I thought it was impossible but he kept after me until I found patent attorneys and the necessary technical experts to make it happen,” said Simon Garber. The backseat drink dispenser offers passengers a choice of five different cold drinks with the swipe of a credit or debit card for 0.99 cents.
The vending machine was first introduced March 23, 2013, at a press conference at the headquarters of the New Orleans Carriage Cab. “Passengers across the country will appreciate knowing they can have a cold beverage on the go at an affordable price,” Garber said at the New Orleans launch where he announced plans to bring the vending machines to New York, Chicago, and other U.S. cities.
U.S.A. Vendicab, Corp. and Yellow Cab SLSJET Management, both located at 22-05 43rd Avenue, Long Island City, NY were founded by Simon Garber, who is one of New York City’s largest individual taxi owners and operators. He also manages fleets in Chicago and New Orleans. In 2008, Garber was named Large Fleet Operator of the Year by Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association.