In a complaint filed on October 20, Adidas is seeking to enjoin more than 250 defendants from allegedly selling counterfeit versions of their goods across hundreds of websites.
Adidas states in the complaint, which was filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, that the defendants directly engage in unfair competition with the intention to “erode and destroy the goodwill associated with plaintiffs’ respective famous names”.
According to the complaint, Adidas and its subsidiary Reebok own a number of U.S. trademark registrations, including 0883592 for the ‘Adidas’ logo, first registered in 1969, and 85441095 for the ‘Reebok’ logo, which was first used in 2011.
“Defendants have created an illegal marketplace operating in parallel to the legitimate marketplace for plaintiffs’ respective, genuine goods…Defendants are concurrently conducting and directing their counterfeiting and infringing activities toward consumers and causing harm, [and] as a result, defendants are defrauding Adidas and the consuming public for defendants’ own benefit,” the complaint stated.
The case is currently pending.