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ANTITRUST SUIT BROUGHT AGAINST NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION BY MICHIGAN CLOTHING CORPORATION

 ANTITRUST SUIT BROUGHT AGAINST NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 BY MICHIGAN CLOTHING CORPORATION
 DETROIT, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released by the law firms of Charfoos & Christensen, P.C. and Muraski & Sikorski:
 At 1 p.m. today, June 12, Clothing With Attitude, a minority-owned Michigan corporation, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District against the National Basketball Association (NBA), NBA Properties and Salem Sportswear for violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and infringement of copyright and trademark interests. One million dollars, trebled in the event of an antitrust award, has been requested.
 Clothing With Attitude is in the business of designing, manufacturing and selling sports T-shirts. A T-shirt bearing the phrase "Real Men Wear Red" was designed, manufactured and marketed during last year's NBA playoffs.
 Horace Grant of the Chicago Bulls was under contract with Clothing With Attitude to promote the shirt. The shirts were selling extraordinarily well at the Chicago Stadium concessionaires when the defendants NBA and NBA Properties misappropriated the slogan, had defendant Salem Sportswear (from Salem, N.H.) mass-produce the "knockoff" shirt and then, the defendants NBA and NBA Properties forced the plaintiffs out of the concessionaires market by threats of intimidation and other product line manipulations. During this single set of playoffs, the defendants NBA, NBA Properties and Salem Sportswear made profits of approximately $1 million on the sale of their "knockoff" shirts.
 The wrongful acts of the defendants caused Clothing With Attitude to lose profits, created a cloud of ambiguity over the copyright and trademark interests of the plaintiffs to the phrase "Real Men Wear Red," and in the process, caused the plaintiffs to suffer manufacturing and storage expenses.
 The plaintiffs are being represented by the co-counsel law firms of Charfoos & Christensen, P.C. from Detroit and Muraski & Sikorski of Ann Arbor, Mich.
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 /CONTACT: Anthony Muraski of Muraski & Sikorski, 313-677-2110; or J. Douglas Peters or Cynthia Burdick of Charfoos & Christensen, P.C., 313-963-8080/ CO: Charfoos & Christensen, P.C.; National Basketball Association;
 NBA Properties; Salem Sportswear; Clothing With Attitude ST: Michigan, New Hampshire IN: SU:


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