Nike Counterfeit Sneaker Lawsuit and the Evidence in Unsealed Documents

When Nike filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in Illinois in January, accusing over 200 on-line shops of promoting counterfeit Nike merchandise, it saved the names of the defendants hidden from public view. The model’s legal professionals argued that alerting the alleged counterfeit peddlers named within the criticism would enable them to destroy proof of their illicit exercise and switch their property to off-shore accounts. This week, the courtroom unsealed that checklist of names and different beforehand sealed paperwork within the case, together with an exhibit comprising 751 pages that present precisely what the defendants are accused of promoting.

The paperwork had been unsealed as Nike was granted a preliminary injunction in opposition to the defendants. The injunction is virtually an identical to a brief restraining order Nike secured within the case in February that barred the defendants from promoting Nike gear and compelled the marketplaces w. they function—AliExpress, Amazon, and eBay—to show over their account .rmation and freeze their property. Earlier than their unsealing, Complicated reported on the momentary restraining order and the checklist of defendants.

An unauthorized Off-White x Air Jordan 1 keychain is among the many objects proven within the exhibit. Picture by way of United States District Courtroom for the Northern District of Illinois

The defendants are recognized by retailer aliases (Xing Qi Retailer, Surpass Retailer, CYYTL Official Retailer, and many others.) and URLs fairly than precise names. Nike added new defendants to the case this week. The model’s legal professionals had beforehand mentioned that the defendants had been all based mostly in both China or Hong Kong. 

The exhibit exhibiting the alleged listings of the defendants consists of screenshots of on-line shops with all kinds of Nike-branded merchandise. A number of the screenshots are of on-line shops promoting footwear based mostly on the Nike Air Drive 1 that make small modifications to the designs and their Nike logos. One web page has an Air Drive 1 clearly based mostly on Ok-pop artist G Dragon’s Nike collaboration from 2020. T. are additionally many extra pairs that don’t draw intently from current variations of the Air Drive 1, a few of them with LED lights embedded of their soles.

Different screenshots from the exhibit function trinkets like lanyards, a neon signal made to seem like an Air Jordan 1, AirPods instances, a Nike LeBron brand necklace, and an Off-White x Air Jordan 1 keychain all utilizing unauthorized Nike emblems.

“Defendants and their e-commerce shops don’t conduct enterprise with Nike,” wrote a lawyer for the model when submitting the exhibit to the courtroom, “and don’t have the best or authority to make use of the Nike emblems for any purpose.”

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Neither Nike nor the regulation agency in Illinois representing the model responded to a request for remark. Complicated reached out to the unique 207 defendants this week, 4 of whom have replied. Their replies steered they didn’t totally perceive our questions resulting from a language barrier, however two of them claimed to have by no means bought something Nike associated of their on-line shops.

“I’ve by no means bought something about Nike from my Amazon retailer,” wrote one of many defendants.