The last paragraph of this morning’s Bicycle Retailer update on the ongoing Trek Bicycles v. Greg LeMond case caught my eye. After discussing the status of the legal proceedings and how the case will probably only go before a judge in 2010, the author describes this curious development:
In an odd twist, an inmate at a federal prison in Williamsburg, South Carolina filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit in July, alleging that he and other inmates produce bikes for LeMond under the Federal Prison Industry Unicor Program for 12 cents an hour, a violation of minimum wage laws. The inmate also claimed LeMond bicycle are shipped to Iranian troops for training purposes, violating the “Training with Enemy” Act.
The article ends by saying that the judge denied the motion. This incident seems so random, though, that I’d love to hear how this inmate came to insert himself into this process. While I’m not an expert in federal prison labor law, his second claim about the Iranian troops seems plausible. Totally.
Would love to hear Mr. BikeSnobNYC‘s take on this.