U.S. Dept. of Justice Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple & Five Publishers

<April 11, 2012> The Department of Justice (DOJ) today filed an antitrust civil lawsuit against Apple, Inc. and five major book publishers, alleging that the parties had formed an illegal cabal for the purpose of artificially inflating the price of … Continue reading

Nortek’s Losses Increased in 2011, But Company Says Q4 Results are Encouraging

<April 4, 2012> In financial results filed with the SEC at the end of last week, Nortek, Inc. said fiscal year 2011 (year ending December 31, 2011) saw a substantial sales increase of 12.7% from $1.899 billion in 2010 to … Continue reading

Gibson Guitar’s Weissburg Gives the ALERT a Status Update

<March 28, 2012> Earlier this month, the ALERT reported that ex-D&M President Bob Weissburg had joined Gibson Guitar as its global executive vice president. While Weissburg was said to have responsibilities over the entire organization, his focus is primarily on … Continue reading

Warning: Don’t Buy These Cat5E and USB 2.0 Patch Cables

<March 28, 2012> Underwriters Laboratories (UL) issued a warning today that cables are being sold  fraudulently bearing the “UL Approved” seal even though they have not been tested as safe by the testing service. As a result, UL cannot guarantee … Continue reading

Skullcandy Turns to Eye Candy to Sell Headphones

<March 21, 2012> Expanding on the concept of what constitutes performance, Skullcandy announced today it was creating a new group of supermodel ambassadors, appropriately called their “Supermodel Crew,” starting with the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Kate Upton. … Continue reading

Agreeing with Soul by Ludacris, Judge Orders PRO Group To Testify Now

<March 14, 2012> Over the last few weeks, we have reported on a trademark and unfair business practices lawsuit filed by Signeo, the parent company of Soul by Ludacris, against Sol Republic. In its original filing, Signeo alleged that Sol … Continue reading

Vintage Cars Collide with High Performance Entertainment at McIntosh Listening Experience

<March 14, 2012> McIntosh Audio Labs audio products received great acclaim as they competed with vintage motor cars at the McIntosh Listening Experience the company set up at the Concours d’Elegance. This was the second time McIntosh showed their products … Continue reading

Select D&M Sales Rep Territories Remain Brand Specific

>>NOTE: UPDATED MARCH 9TH – SEE BOX BELOW<< <March 7, 2012> Last week, Stratecon’s BEACON broke the news about a major overhaul and consolidation of D&M Holdings’ sales representative and distributor network. Later that day, D&M confirmed our initial report, … Continue reading

Ex-D&M President Weissburg Heads to Gibson Guitar

<March 6, 2012> Gibson Guitar announced yesterday that it has hired ex-D&M President Bob Weissburg as global executive vice president – a new position at Gibson. Although Weissburg’s focus will likely be their consumer electronics and pro divisions, Gibson says … Continue reading