Apparently we've been bad, Illinois! Coach Inc. has filed trademark infringement suit in Northern Illinois against Jo-Ann Fabrics, its subsidiary brand Craft Stores and The Feldman Co. Inc.
The suit states the companies sold merchandise bearing a logo confusingly similar to Coach's signature C logo. The pattern of elongated Os found on the Blizzard Fleece fabric sold in Jo-Ann Fabrics stores and on its web site has, as the lawsuit states, likely caused “consumer confusion” since it allegedly bears such a close resemblance to Coach’s trademark.
And despite the fact that neither Jo-Ann nor Feldman is not based in Illinois, Coach said it found infringing goods in Jo-Ann’s Chicago area stores (oops), but did not further explain to WWD why the case was filed in Illinois.
In addition to trademark infringement, the complaint charges the defendants with trade dress and copyright infringement, trademark counterfeiting, false designation of origin, false advertising and trademark dilution. Coach is seeking an injunction, statutory damages of $2 million per counterfeit mark, per type of counterfeit good, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees and other costs. I know I speak for all the Chicago Jo-Ann Fabrics stores and all of Illinois when I say we're all very sorry Coach, we didn't mean it!
Article Source: WWD
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