LOS ANGELES – An Encino clothing company alleges a Chicago individual is unlawfully using its mark.
Metal Jeans Inc. filed a complaint on June 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Juan Jose Rodriguez-Rivera, doing business as Metalkid, and Does 1 through 10 alleging trademark infringement and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff is the registered owner of the trademark Metal for use in relation with clothing. The plaintiff holds Jose Rodriguez-Rivera, doing business as Metalkid, and Does 1 through 10 responsible because the defendants allegedly use a confusingly similar mark to trade off of the plaintiff's reputation.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks enjoin the defendant, profits, damages, statutory damages of $100,000 per domain name, punitive damages, all legal fees, disgorgement, and any other relief as the court deems just. It is represented by Jeffrey A. Kobulnick and Michael A. Bernet of Brutzkus Gubner in Woodland Hills.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:17-cv-04789-SJO-JPR