Brooks Brothers has reacted to Brooks Sports’ suit (see our previous issue) by launching a countersuit, claiming that the latter may use the “Brooks” name alone only for athletic footwear, whereas the clothing company can use the “Brooks” name alone for all other kinds of products, including sports apparel, sports bags and other sporting goods. The two companies have been at odds for many years. Noting that Brooks Sports has been unable recently to register the Brooks name alone for clothing, Brooks Brothers argues that they had agreed in a settlement of their disputes that Brooks Sports would sell apparel only under a different name or a symbol of a defined size. Meanwhile, Berkshire Hathaway, the parent company of Brooks Sports, mentioned in its 2019 annual report that the running footwear company had a global sales increase of only 3.5 percent last year on a comparable basis. It added that its operating results were negatively affected by problems encountered in connection with the opening of a new distribution center in the U.S. during the second quarter. As previously reported, Brooks Running grew by 18 percent in the EMEA region last year.