LOS ANGELES – An Encino clothing company alleges a Washington business could confuse customers with its similar trademark.

Metal Jeans Inc. filed a complaint on Nov. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Taras Shust, an individual doing business as Swedish Metal, and Does 1 through 10, alleging trademark infringement and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges it is the registered owner of the trademark Metal for use in clothing. The plaintiff holds Shust, an individual doing business as Swedish Metal, and Does 1 through 10 responsible because the defendants could allegedly misled consumers into purchasing the defendant's products because of its similar Swedish Metal mark.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks enjoin the defendant from further infringing plaintiff's trademark, pay the plaintiff profits derived from the infringing act, damages, statutory damages of $100,000 per domain name used, punitive damages, disgorgement, and any other relief as the court deems just. It is represented by Jeffrey A. Kubolnick, Mark D. Brutzkus and Michael A. Bernet of Brutzkus Gubner in Woodland Hills.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:16-cv-08448-DSF-FFM

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