COLUMBIA FILES SUIT AGAINST ELIAS

Byline: Vicki M. Young

NEW YORK — Columbia Sportswear Co. on Monday said it has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Ben Elias Industries Corp. and The Enterprises of CBJ Ltd. over alleged counterfeit items made in India.
A spokeswoman for Ben Elias said that company officials had no comment because “they know nothing about it.”
Columbia said the suit was filed in Manhattan federal court. The company is seeking injunctive relief to bar a continuation of the alleged violations. Columbia also is seeking damages that could equal three times the profits from the sales of the alleged infringing goods, or, in the alternative, an amount of up to $1 million for each type of infringing item.
Tim Boyle, Columbia’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement: “I want counterfeiters to understand that we are very serious about protecting our brand and aggressively pursuing those who try to illegally capitalize on our expertise in the outdoor apparel and footwear industry.”
Representing Columbia is the law firm of Gursky & Ederer, which in the past has filed lawsuits alleging counterfeiting charges on behalf of Tommy Hilfiger and Nike.

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