Nipsey hussleThe estate wants to prevent suspected smugglers from selling products with its popular brands on them, but there’s a problem … the estate says most of the sellers operate in China.
The brother and administrator of the estate of the late rapper, Samiel Asghedom, has just filed a lawsuit against several entities which, according to the estate, are behind a bunch of e-commerce websites selling counterfeit clothing related to Marathon… which is the line of Nip.
Asghedom claims the domain owns the rights to several trademarks – including a ‘Crenshaw’ logo for clothing, another clothing line called ‘South Central State of Mind’ and others – but claims the websites in question use trademarks without permission.
The estate also says foreign e-commerce sites have specifically targeted sales to Illinois residents … which appears to be the reason the lawsuit is being filed in federal court in Illinois.
Depending on the lawsuit, there are telltale signs connecting the different sites … including misspellings, similar payment methods and payments accepted, advertising tactics, and more.
The domain also believes that many of these sites are operating out of China, and possibly in concert with each other, using different operating systems and domain hosting sites to cover their tracks.
Nipsey’s estate wants the judge to force sites to surrender their domain registrations and also look for big damage – either all profits from sales of products using the brands or $ 2 million per violation !!!