Chrysler Claims Exclusivity On Detroit Imports
Chrysler brought suit against Detroit company Moda. According to Chrysler’s complaint in U.S. District Court of Eastern Michigan, Moda engages in “blatant misrepresentation of Chrysler’s IMPORTED FROM DETROIT™ tagline, introduced by Chrysler to tremendous public acclaim during Super Bowl XLV.” Chrysler sues the company for “trademark infringement, false designation of origin, false descriptions, unfair competition, false and deceptive trade practices and unjust enrichment.”
Chrysler alleges that Moda “began selling t-shirts boldly featuring Chrysler’s exact IMPORTED FROM DETROIT™ mark, depicted in a flashy eye-catching manner.” Despite Chrysler’s complaints, Moda did not cease and desist. Instead, they “began marketing new products, including tote bags and additional t-shirts with a new IMPORTED FROM DETROIT™ design:”
Chrysler wants the court to stop the injustice, and order Moda to pay up to three times the ill gotten gains to Chrysler.
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