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ICC, NFPA Reach Settlement

August 17, 2006

The International Code Council (ICC) has reached an out-of-court settlement in three lawsuits with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The cases—one brought by ICC and two brought by NFPA—involved copyright and trademark issues.

“The time had come to put all these disputes behind us,” said ICC Chief Operating Officer Rick Weiland. “We would rather focus on serving our members and the public than continue to spend a lot of time and money on lawsuits.”

Neither party admitted any liability or wrongdoing in any of the cases. Weiland noted that the settlement agreement includes provisions designed to reduce future lawsuits between the two organizations.

“We were confident we would win the cases, but at tremendous expense into the millions of dollars,” Weiland said. “We want to invest our resources in public safety and in the thousands of communities across the country that use our family of International Codes.”

ICC, a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose the I-Codes developed by the ICC.

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