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ADIDAS AMERICA IS SUING WAL-MART FOR SELLING "KNOCK-OFFS"

     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).
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