Chanel Inc. filed a lawsuit against Dan Soro, who does business as Italian Ice, for allegedly selling counterfeit costume jewelry that infringes on its trademarks. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida on Feb. 6. Chanel asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction against Soro, as well as damages of $1 million for each counterfeited trademark. Soro could not be reached for comment. Separately, Chanel filed another trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court in South Carolina against Renee L. Powell, who does business as Wonderfaux Handbags, wonderfauxhandbags.com, Celebrity Specs and celebrityspecs.com. According to the complaint filed on Feb. 5, Powell allegedly sold fake costume jewelry and accessories that infringed on Chanel's registered intellectual property. Chanel asked the court for an injunction, damages and trial costs. Powell could not immediately be reached for comment.
Diplomatic Man Inc., a record label founded by rapper Cam'ron and business associates, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Nike Inc. in Manhattan federal court on Jan. 8. According to legal documents, Diplomatic Man alleged that Nike used a song titled "The Second Coming" in national commercials for its Air Force 25 line without the proper permissions. According to Diplomatic Man, LaRon James, who is known professionally as Juelz Santana, performed the song in question. The ads featured the National Basketball Association All-Stars. Diplomatic Man asked for preliminary and permanent injunctions, damages and trial costs. A spokesman for Nike said, "Nike values its relationships with the various artists and athletes that represent our brand. We have a signed agreement with Juelz Santana that includes a warranty that all necessary releases were obtained. Therefore, we will examine the complaint and prepare to vigorously defend ourselves."