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SIDEOUT SPORT ALLEGES NIKE WITHHELD INFORMATION AND SEEKS CONTEMPT OF COURT

 SIDEOUT SPORT ALLEGES NIKE WITHHELD INFORMATION
 AND SEEKS CONTEMPT OF COURT
 'Father of The Bride' Is The Focus of Wrongdoing By Nike
 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Sideout Sport:
 Steve Martin's latest movie, "Father of the Bride," is the focus of a contempt of court charge filed on Friday by Pasadena-based Sideout Sport against footwear giant Nike. Sideout Sport recently won a preliminary injunction in a trademark dispute against Nike, prohibiting Nike from selling or advertising its Side 1 line of shoes and apparel. Sideout Sport filed the charge after it discovered that Nike had signed a product placement deal with Touchstone's "Father of the Bride" after the trademark suit was filed and with full knowledge that the movie release would occur after the Court was slated to rule on the preliminary injunction motion.
 The action, filed in United States District Court, asks for Nike to be sanctioned by payment of damages as well as attorneys' fees and court costs.
 On Dec. 18, 1991, Nike was ordered by the Court to stop advertising and promoting shoes, clothing and accessories displaying the current Side 1 trademark and logo. On Dec. 20, 1991, "Father of the Bride" opened nationwide. In the movie, Steve Martin is the owner of a shoe business known as "Side Kick." Throughout the movie actual Nike Side 1 merchandise is prominently displayed. In fact, the Side 1 merchandise is a major part of this movie.
 Sideout Sport believes that Nike must have withheld information of a "product placement deal" with Touchstone during the discovery process. The original action was filed in June 1991 and was scheduled for hearing in November 1991. The movie was filmed in part only a few blocks from Sideout's Pasadena, Calif., warehouse in September 1991.
 Mark Harmon, general counsel for Sideout Sport, said: "Nike had entered into this relationship with Touchstone Pictures as a calculated gamble that it would defeat Sideout's trademark infringement action. We believe Nike must have concealed information from us regarding the movie during discovery. Given that the Court has already found that Nike in effect deliberately copied our trademarks, we hope the Court will throw the book at Nike."
 Sideout Sport, which is owned by 29-year-old Steven Ascher and world volleyball champion Sinjin Smith, is asking the court for sanctions in excess of $300,000.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Harmon (general counsel), 415-435-8541; Richard Doyle (attorney) 415-781-1989; or Linda Ford of The Ford Group, 310-550-6771, all for Sideout Sport/ CO: Sideout Sport; Nike ST: California IN: SU:


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