CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (NOVEMBER 9, 2022)A federal court in Dallas, Texas is soon scheduled to start a trial in a lawsuit that GPS Air brought against GPS competitors enVerid Systems Inc., D-Zine Partners and Marwa Zaatari. GPS’s lawsuit centers on a relentless campaign of misinformation and false statements that has been waged by these competitors to damage the reputation of GPS technology to gain market share unfairly.

The court has thrown out Zaatari’s counterclaims against GPS Air as well as denied her four attempts to delay the trial. Now, as we move closer to our trial date after more than a year of preliminary hearings and discovery, the other side is throwing the kitchen sink at this, desperate to avoid or delay the trial. The trial is currently scheduled to begin on November 28, although the Court has indicated that it may need to move the timing back to April 2023 because of other trials on the docket that need to be heard first.

Not surprisingly, the defendants have chosen to ratchet up their rhetoric, spin out several new, unfounded claims, and use social media in ways intended to hurt the company. This is just the latest in a long list of false and misleading tactics from Zaatari and the companies with which she is affiliated to harm GPS and create confusion and backlash toward our technology. This campaign immediately led to inquiries from countless users, distributors, media outlets and government. For example, the EPA, which has regulatory authority over this product category, inquired about GPS statements regarding product performance in addressing SARS-CoV-2. GPS successfully reviewed its SARS-CoV-2 testing and substantiation with the EPA. Still the defendant’s efforts persist.

The defendant’s actions have now reached a new low. Most recently, this included Zaatari and her husband harassing, lying to, and attempting to intimidate a former GPS employee into providing a “smoking gun” for their case that simply does not exist. Disturbingly, Zaatari posted incomplete excerpts of conversations with this former employee that were recorded surreptitiously and without his consent. GPS has filed with the Court evidence showing Zaatari and her lawyers violated federal witness tampering statutes in recording these conversations and have further attempted to mislead the Court with these false statements in an effort to avoid trial.

As stated in GPS’s brief filed with the federal court, “As attested under penalty of perjury by Mr. Garris himself, Defendant Marwa Zaatari, her husband and their lawyers threatened and intimidated Mr. Garris into making false and inaccurate statements about GPS and its employees and tried to coerce Mr. Garris into signing a false and inaccurate declaration for the purpose of influencing testimony in this case. This conduct violates federal law and constitutes illegal witness tampering. It demonstrates that Defendants have no real defense in this case and will resort to criminal acts to try and intimidate witnesses to lie about GPS and its technology.”

Click here to view GPS’s response to the defendants’ motion to delay the trial as well as the aforementioned affidavit which was filed with the Court on Friday, November 4.

As we enter this next phase of the legal process, we look forward to our day in court, providing our facts, and setting the record straight. We will continue to keep you posted. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or need more information.