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Nike Inc. Sues L.A. Gear: Beaverton, Ore.-based...

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Nike Inc. Sues L.A. Gear: Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike said it has filed suit against competitor L.A. Gear Inc. in federal court in Los Angeles, charging the company with patent infringement on a new brand of basketball shoes. The nation’s No. 1 seller of athletic shoes said L.A. Gear committed patent infringement in the sale and distribution of its recently released Catapult shoe, which retails for just under $100. A spokesman for L.A. Gear said the company has not been officially notified of the legal action and would have no comment until it had the opportunity to review the suit.


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