SACRAMENTO – A Citrus Heights smoke shop operator is alleged to have sold counterfeit water pipes and related items.
Inc. filed a complaint on Jan. 30 in the U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of California against Shobi Inc. and Does 1-10 alleging
trademark infringement, counterfeiting and other counts.
to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it is the exclusive
licensee of Roor, a German company that designs and manufactures leading
smoker's products, in the U.S. It alleges it has suffered substantial
damages to its business and reputation caused by defendants' unlawful
conduct of advertising, selling and distribution of counterfeit products
with inferior materials and inferior technology bearing similar marks
The plaintiff holds Shobi Inc. and Does 1-10
responsible because the defendant allegedly is likely to cause confusion
among consumers by offering counterfeit products and used the RooR
marks without authorization.
The plaintiff requests a trial by
jury and seeks judgment against defendants, profits and statutory
damages of up to $2 million per defendants, profits trebled, attorney's
fees, costs of suit, restitution, and any
further relief as the court may deem just. It is represented by Imran
F. Vakil and Angelo Mishriki of Nexio PC in Costa Mesa.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California Case number 2:17-at-00091