SAN FRANCISCO – An Italian company with businesses in New York and California alleges its trademarks are being used by other companies without permission.
Gianni Versace S.p.A. and Versace USA Inc. filed a complaint on June 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Versace 19.69 Abbigliamento Sportivo S.R.L., Theofanis Papadas, V1969 Versace SMO LLC, V1969 Versace HG LLC and V1969 USA LLC alleging trademark infringement and other counts
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that Gianni Versace S.p.A. and Versace USA Inc. suffered damages to their reputation and business as a result of their brand trademarks being used without their authority and consent by the defendants. The plaintiffs holds Versace 19.69 Abbigliamento Sportivo S.R.L., Theofanis Papadas, V1969 Versace SMO LLC, V1969 Versace HG LLC and V1969 USA LLC responsible because the defendants allegedly used plaintiff's trademark in order to confuse consumers that their products are the same as plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek permanently enjoin the defendant, order the defendant to destroy all products that infringes plaintiffs' trademark, all profits derived from the unlawful act, all damages, interest, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. They are represented by Rosemarie T. Ring, Malcolm A. Heinicke and Caroline M. Cunningham of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in San Francisco.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-03617-JCS