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ADIDAS AMERICA IS SUING WAL-MART FOR SELLING "KNOCK-OFFS"
Published March 1, 1995
Adidas America Inc. and its German parent have sued the largest retailer in the country, Wal-Mart, accusing it of selling counterfeit Adidas sneakers. The shoes, which Adidas officials said are clearly of "inferior quality," allegedly displayed Adidas's well-known three-striped trademark, "accurate even down to the three stripes' serrated edges," according to Adidas attorney Steven Blackhurst. The suit accuses Wal-Mart of trademark infringement, false representation and unfair competition. Wal-Mart officials would not comment on the case yet, stating they wanted time to review the suit. Adidas did not specify how much it is seeking in damages. The amount is "certainly in excess of $50,000," the company stated in the lawsuit (Jeff Manning, Portland OREGONIAN, 3/1).