Adidas and the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to settle a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Milkcrate Athletics Inc. over the use of its logo.
On October 28, 2019, Milkcrate asked a New York federal court to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice, noting that a settlement had been reached. No details of this settlement have been revealed.
The lawsuit stemmed from an attempted collaboration between Adidas and Milkcrate. Between 2011 and 2017, Milkcrate owner Aaron “LaCrate” LaCanfora exchanged emails with Adidas seeking to collaborate on a product, with LaCrate sharing ideas, concepts, and designs with the company. However, in 2016, Adidas and the Nets began selling a t-shirt that was notably similar to a shirt created by Milkcrate. The company alleged that the similar products irreparably harmed Milkcrate’s brand and tarnished its reputation.
This settlement is not the only one involving Adidas and Milkcrate, respectively. As we reported last year, Adidas settled a trademark infringement case with Sketchers. Milkcrate also reached a settlement with Under Armour earlier in October.