Fashion Law: Fashion Ferragamo Sued Football Ferragamo
Italian luxury goods designer Salvatore Ferragamo has sued former Los Angeles Rams football quarterback, Vince Ferragamo for trademark infringement. The designer claimed that the ex-football star infringed upon his trademarked name by operating his winery in southern California under the same name and fears that consumers are likely to be confused in thinking the two are related.
What’s interesting about this particular case is that Salvatore Ferragamo himself operates his own vineyard on a Tuscan estate named Il Borro. According to court filings, the vineyard is believed to date back to 1980.
The fashion Ferragamo house commented, “The defendants are likely to cause consumer confusion with the plaintiff, as well as to dilute the plaintiff’s trademarks, which include two federally registered trademarks for wine. The defendants’ acts have caused, and will continue to cause, irreparable injury to Salvatore Ferragamo.”
A lawyer for the defendant could not be reached for comment but the lawsuit seeks to halt any infringements, recoup triple damages and alleged illegal profits from wine sales and discarding any wine bearing the Ferragamo name.by