While they may’ve meant well, Nike, New Era and the Brooklyn Nets are at the center of a new lawsuit led by iconic clothing brand Coogi; this over their tribute jerseys to Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls.
Additionally, the Australian fashion company accuses the aforementioned organizations of ripping off their colorful pattern reminiscent to their signature ’90s knitwear.
In addition to suing for damages and demanding the franchise halt production and sales of their “Brooklyn Camo” products, the brand states in their suit, “While other colorful and ornamental sweaters have and continue to exist, the highly distinctive and ornamental designs of COOGI sweaters and apparel have become exceedingly famous.”
Also, in the suit they state, “[The defendants] were well aware that Biggie neither wore nor rapped about anything called ‘Brooklyn Camo. But they created, marketed and sold and distributed ‘Brooklyn Camo’ products so as to confuse consumers about the connection between their goods… and Coogi.”
Told these are indeed Brooklyn’s City Edition Jersey’s…
… Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/cZmCiTxumP
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) October 24, 2018
#PressPlay below to stream Biggie Smalls in Hypnotize, where he namedrops Coogi