Maine Wreath-Making Firm Awarded $1M in Lawsuit Against L.L. Bean

A Maine wreath-making company has won a nearly $1 million judgment in a legal dispute with L.L. Bean over the production of wreaths and other products for the 2008 holiday season.

A Maine Business and Consumer Court judge ordered the outdoors retailer to pay Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington after finding that L.L. Bean ordered more wreaths than it could ultimately sell. The judge said Worcester had to step up production of wreaths, centerpieces and other items that never sold.

L.L. Bean’s sales fell that year because of the recession. L.L. Bean says in a statement that Worcester Wreath was seeking more than $20 million and that it tried to resolve the dispute without litigation.

An attorney for Worcester says the judgment allows the company to fulfill its financial obligations.