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WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE WINS HUSH PUPPIES TRADEMARK SUIT

 WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE WINS HUSH PUPPIES TRADEMARK SUIT
 ROCKFORD, Mich., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Wolverine World Wide, Inc.


today announced that Ben Elias Industries has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount in damages to settle a HUSH PUPPIES(R) trademark infringement suit.
 The suit alleging trademark infringement by Elias was filed in August 1992 by Wolverine, owner of the HUSH PUPPIES trademarks, and The Haddad Apparel Group, Ltd., Wolverine's exclusive U.S. licensee for HUSH PUPPIES clothing. At that time, a federal court in New York issued an injunction prohibiting Elias from continued sales of goods bearing the HUSH PUPPIES trademarks.
 Under the suit, Wolverine sought compensation for lost sales and a full accounting of the source and disposition of all products illegally bearing its trademarks.
 "Wolverine is committed to vigorously enforcing our trademark rights throughout the world," said Geoffrey B. Bloom, Wolverine World Wide president and COO. "Consumers in more than 60 countries expect the HUSH PUPPIES brand to denote our products and the value they represent. We are prepared to take whatever actions are necessary to safeguard the positive expectations consumers and retailers associate with our HUSH PUPPIES, WOLVERINE and other brand names."
 Under the settlement, Elias agreed to send notices acknowledging its trademark infringement to all customers who purchased Hush Puppies goods from Elias explicitly stating it is without authority to use the HUSH PUPPIES trademark.
 "We are very pleased with the results of the lawsuit and will not hesitate to use the legal system again to enforce our trademark rights, if necessary," said Karen S. Cloherty, Wolverine general counsel.
 Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) manufactures and markets a wide variety of branded footwear and pigskin leather. Major branded products of the Company include: Hush Puppies(R) shoes, Wolverine(R) work and sport footwear, Wolverine Widerness(R) footgear, apparel and accessories, Coleman(R) footgear, Brooks(R) athletic footwear, apparel and accessories, Harbor Town by Hush Puppies(R) footwear, Bates(R) uniform footwear and Bates Floaters(R), Tru-Stitch(R) slippers, Sioux- Mox(R) moccasins, Wimzees(R) casual footwear, Town & Country(R) women's shoes, Kroupana(R) sueded pigskin, and Breathin' Brushed Pigskin(R) leather.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Lovejoy, 616-866-5539 or Fax: 616-866-0257, for Wolverine/
 (WWW) CO: Wolverine World Wide, Inc.; Ben Elias Industries ST: Michigan IN: HOU SU:


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