The latest news on Justin Bier’s lawsuit against Nike and Adidas.
The lawsuit filed in a federal court in New York claims that Adidas misled the world about the Nike Air Max 1 and Nike Air Jordan 5 “out of fear of litigation from the now defunct sneaker manufacturer” in 2016, and that it misled consumers with false advertising and other deceptive practices.
It also alleges that Nike and the shoe manufacturer violated the federal Trade Secrets Act by “misleading the public and deceiving consumers” and that the Nike company “created a false impression of the brand and product line and its relationship to the original designer, the original manufacturer and the original source of its shoes and apparel.”
The suit seeks damages for trademark infringement and breach of contract.
Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of Adidas and the United States Supreme Court agreed with that decision.
But Adidas’ lawsuit also alleges some things that were not in fact true: that Nike had a “sole source agreement” with the original Adidas trademark holder in 1996, but that the shoe company never obtained a “non-exclusive license” for the trademark from Nike.