PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Adidas is claiming that a rival shoe manufacturer is ripping off its trademark design, according to a new federal civil lawsuit.
Adidas America filed the lawsuit on Tuesday against shoe company “Bally Americas Inc.” in U.S. District Court.
The lawsuit claims that “despite Bally’s knowledge of adidas’s rights in the famous Three-Stripe Mark, Bally currently is offering for sale and selling footwear featuring two and/or three parallel stripes on the side of the shoe.”
Adidas is very protective of its Three-Stripe brand and has filed several similar lawsuits against companies that make similar shoes. The company writes the shoes “cause consumer confusion” and “irreparably” harms Adidas’s brand.
“The Three-Stripe Mark is nonfunctional, and the public recognizes and understands that the Three-Stripe Mark distinguishes and identifies adidas’s merchandise,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit seeks to have Bally be ordered to “cease offering for sale, marketing, promoting, and selling, to remove from retail stores, and to recall and retrieve all products bearing the Three-Stripe Mark.”
Attempts to reach Bally Americas Inc. for comment were unsuccessful.