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Skechers Sues Adidas Over FBI Probe Into Basketball Investigation

A long and heated rivalry between Skechers and Adidas got a little hotter Thursday. Adidas North American headquarters are in North Portland A long and heated rivalry between Skechers and Adidas got a little hotter Thursday. Adidas North American headquarters are in North Portland
Ginger Lawrence | 11 May, 2018, 11:49

"Skechers is informed and believes ... that Adidas's illegal scheme may have involved more than the six college players who have been publicly identified in connection with the criminal proceedings to date", the company claimed in its filing.

According to Forbes, another company has quite literally stuck its foot in the door with a new lawsuit against adidas.

In the lawsuit, Skechers accuses adidas of false advertising and unfair competition related to the college hoops scandal in a complaint filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division.

"As was the case with (NC State's Dennis) Smith, Adidas has vigorously promoted its relationship with Preston", Skechers' attorneys wrote in the suit.

The indictment from April says Gatto gave at least $90,000 to the mother of a former Kansas player and Gatto conspired with a man with ties to an National Basketball Association agent to pay $100,000 to the father of a Louisville recruit.

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The couple had previously said they would settle for just £3 ($4), one from each of the defendants, alongside an official apology. Following the announcement, which Boudchar attended with her son in London, she thanked the British government for their apology.

Skechers has filed paperwork for a messy litigation battle with Adidas.

A US appeals court on Thursday said Adidas AG can protect its famous Stan Smith tennis shoe against an alleged Skechers USA Inc knockoff, but that Skechers could sell another shoe mimicking Adidas' familiar "three-stripe" design.

The 9th Circuit allowed Skechers to sell its Cross Court shoe, saying Germany-based Adidas failed to show irreparable harm from the sale of that footwear.

A spokesperson for Adidas called the lawsuit "frivolous and nonsensical".

The company is seeking an injunction to prohibit Adidas from making further alleged payments to student athletes and demands a full declaration of all its alleged payments.