Man Who Created the Super Soaker Gets a Whopping $73 Million Dollar Settlement

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The law firm King & Spalding is announcing a massive court settlement to the man who invented the Super Soaker water gun, Lonnie Johnson.  The award, according to AJC.com, is being paid to Johnson after he filed suit against the company back in February.

The legal dispute was over royalties earned by Johnson between the years 2007 – 2012, owed to him by Hasbro.

“In the arbitration we got everything we asked for,” said Atlantaattorney Leigh Baier. “The arbitrator ruled totally in Lonnie’s favor.”

The disagreements began back in 2001 over his line of Nerfline toys, namely the N-Strike and Dart Tag.  Johnson also accused Hasbro of breaching a 1996 contract to pay him royalties on the Super Soaker equal to 2-percent for “three-dimensional products,” and 1 percent for “two-dimensional visual representations.”

The suit says that Hasbro got around paying the royalties by creating similar guns based upon the same technology.  The suit also forced Hasbro to open its books to show sales.

Johnson is a nuclear engineer who got his PhD at Tuskegee.  He is also a former NASA scientist who became an entrepreneur in 1989.  He then licensed the Super Soaker, which had $200 million in sales just two years later.   He holds more than 80 patents, with 20 pending.  The sales of the Super Soaker have now passed the $1 billion mark.

By the way – Johnson also helped design the Cassini robot probe for NASA, which flew 740 million miles to Saturn.  This is just one of his many achievements.   Let’s hope he gives some of that money back to Tuskegee so they can produce an entire army of Lonnie Johnsons.  This is what HBCUs are capable of creating.

 

 

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  1. Good. He deserved every penny of that award! Hasbro did him very wrong and I’m glad Mr. Johnson prevailed.

  2. He better be thanking GOD for his donations to society!

  3. Ironic that many might not have ever heard of Mr. Johnson’s accomplishments were it not for this lawsuit. Congrats, sir!

    • Mr. Johnson’s accomplishments have been out and known for sometime. He was featured on CNBC on their entrepreneur show, as well as, being on 60 minutes or one of those types shows some years ago. On the CNBC, I thought he was getting all of his royalties, but apparently not.

  4. His achievements are admirable. I hope he goes to some inner city schools and give speeches on what is possible to possible future gang bangers.

  5. CONGRADUALTIONS Mr. JOHNSON,AND I HOPE SOME OF THAT MONEY GOES INTO HELPING THE

    KINGDOM OF GOD LIKE GIVEING TO THE HOMELESS ORPHANS,OR HOMELESS,OR GIVEING TO THOSE THAT

    LOVE PEOPLE THROUGH GIVEING WHERE IT IS NEEDED THE MOST.

    • Would you be thanking God/DOG if he was damn dummy . Go learn your history. God is man’s creation. IF god is so great how in the world was he unable to write a book with consistency in it called the Bible ? Its riddled with all kind of garbage. God is a European imagination and so is JESUS

  6. This Man is a genius! He has over 80 patents…. Now that’s saying something. Could you imagine a whole community of Little Lonnie’s, you wouldn’t be able to Touch This!!

  7. You guys really should proofread before posting your headlines!

  8. Mr. Johnson, its my pleasure to congratulate you on winning your suit!!! More often than not, we lose these kinds of legal battles, because of the “good old boy ” groups who get together to shut others out of the possibility of launching a suit against those who use the Law to steal, as many States, and Counties do in South Carolina, North Carolina, that I know All too well by personal experience. Again, Congratulations.

  9. This guy invents one of the best toys ever made, AND helped make a robot that flew to freaking SATURN? What an awesome dude. I’m glad he got what’s owed to him.

  10. I know is I was able to have hours of fun with my children with his invention.

  11. and the story that tells how he went from a $73 million settlement to being on welfare begins in 3….2….1….
    ….I mean, a man can’t be expected to get by on just 63 Maybachs

  12. Now that’s a great story. Keep the positive stories coming. Tired of that reality nonsense. Congrats, Mr. Johnson!

  13. Congrats Doctor! This is the kind of student that HBCUs produce. Job well done!

  14. GOD – GUARD. IF MR. Johnson went to a Chinese manufacturer he would need God to get any royalties. I’m sure there are many Black Johnsons out there (pardon the Pun) that keep low profiles worrying of categorized as only a black company.

  15. TNAKS FOR A WONDERFUL STORY …CONGRATS TO MR JOHNSON AND HIS ACHIEVEMENT
    HOW ABOUT MORE STORIES OF OUR ACHIVEMENTS AND SUCCESSES NONSTOP FOR THE NEXT MONTH…NO MORE NEGATIVITY…WE’RE MORE THAN THAT…NFI

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