HECTOR, Minn. — On April 11, 2018, a jury in the United States District Court, District of Minnesota, found that Loftness Specialized Farm Equipment did not breach a non-disclosure agreement it entered into with Twiestmeyer & Associates in 2007. In a case that started in June 2011, Terry Twiestmeyer, Steven Hood and TAI, made a number of claims against Loftness. After Loftness obtained two summary judgment motions, only the breach of the non-disclosure agreement went to trial. At trial, Twiestmeyer, Hood and TAI unsuccessfully sought $6,000,000 in damages. Loftness is located in Hector, Minn. Twiestmeyer and TAI are located in Grand Island, Neb., and Hood is located in Springfield, Mo. Loftness was represented by Nilan, Johnson and Lewis with offices in Minneapolis, Minn.

Loftness manufactures the VMLogix line of vegetation management equipment, which includes hydraulic oil coolers, the Kwik-Trim compact mechanical tree trimmer, and high-performance mulching heads for a variety of equipment, ranging from excavators, skid steer loaders and up to 400-horsepower prime movers.