Ferragamo SpA Sues Ex-LA Rams Quarterback Over Similar-name Winery

Ferragamo SpA Sues Ex-LA Rams Quarterback Over Similar-name Winery

Reuters) - Salvatore Ferragamo SpA (SFER.MI), the Italian luxury items maker, on Wednesday sued former Los Angeles Rams football quarterback Vince Ferragamo, saying he infringed its trademarks by operating his namesake winery in southern California.


Customers are more likely to be confused into thinking the Ferragamo Winery and Ferragamo SpA are associated, the Italian company mentioned in a complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, where it has stores on Fifth Avenue and elsewhere.


Salvatore Ferragamo Belt was accused of illegally promoting wine with the Tenuta di Ferragamo title, and festooning the website for his winery with photos of Tuscany and Italian countryside, regardless that it is positioned in Orange Park Acres, California, near Los Angeles.


Ferragamo SpA additionally challenged Vince Ferragamo’s registration of the Internet domain identify, by way of his firm Touchdown Real Estate.


“The defendants are likely to cause client confusion with the plaintiff, in addition to to dilute the plaintiff’s trademarks, which embrace two federally registered trademarks for wine,” Ferragamo SpA said. “The defendants’ acts have prompted, and will proceed to cause, irreparable damage to Salvatore Ferragamo.”


A lawyer for Ferragamo Winery and Vince Ferragamo didn't immediately respond to requests for remark.


The lawsuit seeks to halt any infringements, recoup triple damages and alleged illegal earnings from wine gross sales, and have wine bearing the Tenuta di Ferragamo title thrown out.


The Ferragamo family in Italy additionally has a winery in Tuscany, referred to as Il Borro.Vince Ferragamo performed professional soccer from 1977 to 1986, and other than the Rams additionally played for the Buffalo Bills, the Green Bay Packers and the Canadian Soccer League’s Montreal Alouettes.


He was the Rams’ quarterback in Super Bowl XIV in 1980, which was gained by the Pittsburgh Steelers.Ferragamo started making wine in 2010, and makes use of the sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon grapes to produce “Caressa J,” named for his three daughters. It sells for $59 a bottle.


The case is Ferragamo SpA v Ferragamo Winery et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of recent York, No.