Run-D.M.C. files $50 million trademark infringement suit against Wal-Mart, Amazon

Los Angeles Times 

Attorneys for the Run-D.M.C. brand have filed a $50 million lawsuit against Amazon Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Co., Jet.com and a few other outlets for trademark infringement and trademark dilution, among other things. First reported by TMZ Thursday, the legal filing was made in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint, which includes numerous images of Run-D.M.C.-inspired products as they appeared on Amazon's and Wal-Mart's respective sites, alleges that the retailers are advertising, selling, manufacturing, promoting and distributing multiple Run-D.M.C. styled products. Eyewear, hats, T-shirts, wallets and patches are among the items referenced, some of which are said to use the Run-D.M.C. trademark. The complaint charges that the products being sold "confuse the public and suggest that Run-D.M.C. endorses the products."

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