Asics Sues Payless ShoeSource Over Athletic Shoes

Law360, New York (January 5, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Japan’s Asics Corp., a maker of athletic shoes and sportswear, has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Central California against discount shoe seller Payless ShoeSource Inc. for trademark infringement, unfair competition, trademark dilution and false advertising.

Asics, based in Kobe, Japan, said it is seeking a permanent injunction against Payless, the No. 1 U.S. footwear retailer, to prevent any future sales and distribution of shoes that bear a stripe design similar to Asics's.

In addition, ASICS is also seeking damages, including profits and...
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