Replica Mercedes Rims on Amazon Leads to Lawsuit
Amazon has been supporting the sale of replica Mercedes-Benz rims and Daimler isn’t having any of that. The auto manufacturer is suing Amazon for copyright infringement, which may actually end up leading to a bigger issue that determines if Amazon should be held responsible for infringements made by third-party sellers.
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Daimler AG is suing Amazon for patent and trademark infringement, alleging that the e-commerce giant illegally sold and distributed replica Mercedes-Benz wheels from a third-party manufacturer that “blatantly copy” the automotive giant’s protected designs.
The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Seattle, could serve as a new test of Amazon’s liability for counterfeit goods sold on its site — an issue with wide-ranging financial and legal implications for the company.
Amazon last year won a similar case against pillowcase maker Milo & Gabby, although the ruling is currently under appeal, and the trial court judge said legislators should revisit the law on which the decision was based. Continue Reading