Iconix Brand Group Inc., its subsidiary Studio IP Holdings LLC and its licensee, Roc Apparel Group LLC, have been accused of infringing on Car-Freshner Corp.’s trademark. According to documents filed June 3 in federal court in Watertown, N.Y., the brand management company infringed on the tree design marks of Car-Freshner Corp.’s air fresheners and other goods by incorporating a similar design into a T-shirt in its Rocawear line. Car-Freshner Corp. is seeking a permanent injunction against further use of the design by Iconix, an award of any profits Iconix reaped from the design and unspecified damages. An Iconix spokesman said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

In the latest round of litigation, UT Freight Service of New York has been accused of fraud, breach of contract and unjust enrichment by Ballet Jewels LLC of Kearny, N.J. According to documents filed May 28 in federal court in Manhattan, the shipping company overstated the weight of the goods shipped for the costume jewelry manufacturer in order to increase air freight charges. The manufacturer is seeking compensatory damages of at least $1.36 million, punitive damages of at least $25 million, compensation for investigative expenses of more than $100,000 and court fees. Ballet Jewels’ suit came after it was accused of breach of contract by UT Freight Service. According to documents filed May 30 in Manhattan federal court, the earlier suit, filed on April 15 in New York State Supreme Court, has been moved to federal jurisdiction. The shipping company is seeking damages of about $870,000 from the costume jewelry manufacturer. Kenneth Schacter of Bingham McCutchen LLP, representingBallet Jewels in the suit, said, “The company believes its lawsuit has merit and intends to litigate it.” A representative from UT Freight Services could not be reached.

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