Nike Hits Importer With $32M Suit Over Knockoff Shoes

Law360, New York (August 2, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT) -- Nike Inc. sued an importer for over $32 million Tuesday in New Jersey federal court, claiming it violated trademark law by using doctored documents to clear tens of thousands of counterfeit sneakers through U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Nike claims that Jamaica, N.Y.-based Eastern Ports Customs Brokers Inc. told customs at Newark, N.J., that over tens of thousands of counterfeit Nike shoes were ceramic tile to get them import clearance.

The sportswear maker wants Eastern Ports to pay at least $2 million for each of 16...
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