By and  on June 19, 2008

PARIS — Adidas AG, the second-largest sporting goods firm in the world, is taking the world's number-one retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., to court.

The German activewear giant has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart for the use of two- and four-stripe motifs on its sneakers, which it claims are similar to the brand's trademarked three stripes. The case will be heard in the federal court of Portland, Ore., in October. A spokeswoman for Adidas on Wednesday confirmed that legal proceedings have begun against Wal-Mart but declined further comment.

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