Lexington Home Brands sues online retailer over use of name
July 3, 2012,
THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Case goods and upholstery resource Lexington Home Brands has filed a trademark infringement and trademark dilution lawsuit against an online home furnishings retailer for adopting a similar trade name.
In a lawsuit filed May 25 in the U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., the company alleged that New Jersey-based Sugar Stores Inc. is using the trademarked Lexington name.
The suit said none of the products on the websites are genuine Lexington brand furniture pieces.
It also claims that the pieces sold through the "Lexington Modern" store are unauthorized reproductions of famous pieces of furniture and that the retailer has no association with any designer it lists on its website.
The suit said the company's use of the Lexington name in connection with furniture will likely diminish consumer opinion of the Lexington brand. It cites seven counts of federal, state or common law trademark infringement and unfair competition, trademark dilution and cybersquatting, which is the use a domain name with intent to profit from a trademark belonging to someone else.
Lexington seeks a jury trial as well as a judgment that would require Sugar Stores to immediately cease infringing on the Lexington name in any manner, including packaging, advertising or other promotional materials.
Sugar Stores officials did not return phone calls seeking comment.
The Lexington Modern name has been changed to LexMod at the site, also renamed www.LexMod.com. However, a recent review of the AtlanticFurniture.com and SugarStores.com websites still displayed product under the Lexington name.
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