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    The counterfeiting Olympics


    About three months ago, French police raided at dawn and shut down 11 stores in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Ouen – site of a famous flea market and not far from the Stade de France. It is also one of three municipalities divvying up the 52 hectares of the Olympic ...

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    Sanctions hamper Chinese sporting goods export to Russia


    Sporting goods wholesalers in Russia started experiencing difficulties in making payments for Chinese goods, which takes a toll on the trade flows. The issue is not pressing yet, as the industry accumulated large stocks of goods in the key categories. Russia’s trade with China dropped by 9.9 percent in the ...

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    Anti-synthetics group forms in US Congress


    The Congressional Slow Fashion Caucus was established in the US House of Representatives on June 27. Among its founding members are Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (Washington), Chellie Pingree (Maine), Sydney Kamlager-Dove (California), Grace Meng (New York), Julia Brownley (California) and Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler (New York) – all of whom belong to ...

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    Brussels to close tax loopholes exploited by Chinese marketplaces


    The European Union’s plan to impose import duties on low-priced goods could significantly impact fast-fashion giants Shein and Temu. Both companies, known for offering trendy clothing at rock-bottom prices, could face major challenges if the proposed tariffs come into force. Currently, the duty threshold is €150 in the EU and ...

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    Lululemon victorious in court against Nike


    Once again, The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) sided with Lululemon and canceled claims in two Nike patents that cover methods for calculating fitness scores from sensor data. The board ruled five claims of patent number 10,188,930 and eight claims of patent number ...

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    TrusTrace launches updated AI-powered forced labor prevention solution


    Stockholm-based global SaaS company TrusTrace, which offers a unique product traceability and supply chain compliance platform for the fashion and retail industries, announced the launch of its updated, AI-powered Forced Labor Prevention (FLP) solution that will help brands proactively map supply chains, screen them for risk and efficiently collect evidence ...

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    ​Under Armour to pay €434 million settlement in shareholder lawsuit


    Following a seven-year legal dispute between Under Armour (UA) and a group of shareholders, UA has agreed to pay $434 million in settlement. This should end the legal dispute from 2017, in which it was alleged that the company had misled shareholders about its sales growth to meet Wall Street ...

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    Shareholders sue Nike


    Nike, its President and CEO, John Donahoe, as well as its CFO, Matthew Friend, were sued in Oregon District Court by the Pembroke Pines City Pension Fund for Firefighters and Police Officers for misleading their investors by concealing Nike’s problems with Nike Direct and its DTC strategy. The company’s results ...

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    Nike fails to retain “footware” trademark


    The General Court of the European Union has sided with Puma against Nike’s attempt to trademark the capitalized word “Footware” as a play on software/hardware and footwear, according to the Wall Street Journal. Nike obtained the trademark from the UK High Court in mid-2021, but Puma has been arguing that ...

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    FIFA hit with a labor lawsuit


    FIFPro Europe, the association of European footballer unions, has sued FIFA over its unilateral decisions concerning the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup, which will be held in the US. According to the complainants, this 21st edition twice adds to the workload – first in its expansion to 32 teams and ...

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    Adidas starts internal investigation into allegations of bribery


    On Monday morning, several media outlets, including the Financial Times, reported that Adidas had launched an internal investigation into allegations of bribery in its China business following a whistleblower complaint accusing executives of embezzlement. According to the Financial Times, the letter alleged that Adidas employees, including a senior manager, received ...

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    German court rules Nike can use three-stripe design on trousers, overturning previous Adidas claim


    A German court has, according to Reuters, ruled that Nike can adorn some of its trouser designs with three stripes, a significant development in its ongoing legal battle with Adidas over trademark issues. This decision came during a second appeal hearing, where the Duesseldorf regional court partially overturned a previous ...

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    Russian sporting goods market experiences surge in cross-border e-commerce


    During the past year, the Russian sporting goods market saw a 16 percent rise in cross-border e-commerce, as customers are increasingly placing orders at foreign marketplaces, CDEK.Shopping, a Russian logistics company estimated. The company revealed that Russians purchase food additives and sporting goods in massive quantities to improve their performance ...

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    Sports Direct loses court appeal over Newcastle United’s kit supply deal with JD Sports


    Sports Direct has failed in its bid to secure a Court of Appeal ruling over a dispute with Newcastle United concerning the football club’s exclusive kit supply deal with JD Sports for the 2024/25 Premier League season. The Frasers Group-owned retailer sought a temporary court order to force Newcastle United ...

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    Temu faces consumer complaints across Europe for misleading practices


    Temu, the Chinese e-tailer known for fast fashion and lifestyle products, is facing scrutiny from 17 European consumer organizations. According to reports from the Dutch Consumers’ Association and the Belgian Testaankoop, these groups have lodged complaints with their national regulators, accusing Temu of deceptive practices and non-compliance with new European ...

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    Canada’s Competition Bureau launches investigation into Lululemon’s environmental claims


    Canada’s Competition Bureau has announced a formal investigation into Lululemon’s environmental assertions featured in its marketing campaigns, following allegations of misleading practices. Marianne Blondin, a spokesperson for the bureau, confirmed the probe to Canadian broadcaster CBC., an advocacy group leading the charge, has accused Lululemon of engaging in greenwashing, ...

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    No more non-competes in the US


    The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has deemed non-compete clauses to be unfair competition (in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act) and issued a nationwide ban. Once the ban goes into effect – 120 days after its publication in the Federal Register – existing non-competes will no longer ...

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    Nike settles trademark dispute with Bape


    According to a filing in New York federal court on 29 April, Nike has settled all trademark infringement claims against the Japanese streetwear brand Bape and requested that the case be dropped. The parties will bear their own costs and legal fees. In the lawsuit originally filed in January 2023, ...

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    Sports Direct denies injunction in dispute over Newcastle United replica jerseys


    Sports Direct, owned by Mike Ashley, has faced a setback in its legal battle with Newcastle United Football Club (NUFC) regarding the sale of replica kits for the upcoming 2024/25 season. The retailer had lodged a complaint against NUFC with the Competition Appeal Tribunal in March, accusing the club of ...

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    Spanish trade union sues Decathlon


    Spanish trade union Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) has filed a lawsuit against Decathlon, claiming that the sports retailer and manufacturer is “violating the fundamental right to freedom of association.” The complaint was filed on April 3. Decathlon is also accused of denying the union’s delegates access to information about the working ...