Have you recently received a notice of a lawsuit filed by Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd. on behalf of Peanuts Worldwide, LLC (Case No. 22-cv-00502)? And have you been named as one of the Defendants in the case?
If the answer is yes, then we are very pleased you found our page! It would be our great pleasure to offer a little context on just what this lawsuit means for you as a hardworking and honest e-commerce seller.
Typically speaking, online sellers like you become aware of the lawsuit they were named in as a result of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), which is to say, after you found out all of the money in your e-commerce accounts has been frozen or withheld because of the suit.
(Arghhh!!! How frustrating!!! Believe us, we know! Even Charlie Brown would sympathize!)
The TRO is accompanied by a Summons and Complaint as well, which sets for the plaintiff’s claims and indicates that you, the Defendant, acknowledge the receipt of the notice, and that you must respond to the court in a timely manner. In order to properly respond to a Federal lawsuit, you are required to file what is known as an Answer. Simple enough! And this Answer is where you may present, in written form, whatever response is necessary to the Plaintiff (Peanuts), including a counter or cross claim and/or any defense.
If you do not respond, a default judgment may be entered against you. Which is where we come in! Call us to avoid a default judgment! The notice is NOT spam!
Based on the notice, Peanuts alleges that sellers based in China and around the world are taking advantage of various trademark leniencies in order to knowingly purvey counterfeit or copyright infringing products on DHgate, Wish.com, Alibaba, eBay, and Amazon (Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd. Case No. 22-cv-00502). Unfortunately, your earnings will continue to remain withheld and inaccessible until you resolve the matter.
The Law Office of Travis J. Stockman is committed to serving as your beacon of hope throughout the entire process of this legal nightmare! Our legal strategies are as unique as all of our valued clients’ situations. We are entirely confident our unflagging determination to counter unsubstantiated claims, provide an impenetrable defense, and/or reach a quick and painless settlement will deliver the results you need, as well as the money you absolutely deserve. Contact us ASAP for a free consultation!
Most likely, you are reading this because you were named as a Defendant in a lawsuit (Case No. 21-cv-06159) filed by Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd. for the multi-billion dollar sports brand Nike.
You may have even failed to respond to the suit, which equates to a procedural forfeit. But, do not worry! You have landed on the right law firm’s blog!
Most e-commerce sellers receive notice of a lawsuit by way of a Temporary Restraining Order along with a Complaint which has been served prompting a time to respond to the court. A Complaint sets forth a jurisdictional basis for the court’s power, the plaintiff’s cause of action, and a demand for judicial relief. When responding to a Complaint in a Federal lawsuit, you must file what is called an Answer. The Answer sets forth your responses to the plaintiff’s Complaint while providing you with an opportunity to assert any defenses, cross claims and counterclaims.
In this matter, Case No. 21-cv-06159, Answers are past due and default judgment has been entered. From the records available on this case, it appears that not one of the several hundred sellers named in this lawsuit have responded to the court. As a result, a default judgment in the amount of $100,000 has been issued against all sellers.
We understand how easy it is to mistake a serious, legally binding notice like this for spam, but please know, it is absolutely real! In all likelihood, you were previously hit with a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), which widely disrupted the core function of your e-commerce business: to sell products and turn a profit. As a result of this lawsuit and following the expiration of the TRO, all of the funds in your accounts will remain frozen until the default judgment is contested, paid in full or resolved by way of settlement.
If you are the recipient of a default judgment based on a failure to respond, you have not reached a dead end. Thankfully, the remedy to the situation is as simple as securing a fully experienced and thoroughly knowledgeable attorney, one who can shoulder your burden and seamlessly communicate with the Plaintiff’s law firm for you, and ultimately reset your e-commerce account back to a healthy, operating, and profitable state.
The Law Office of Travis J. Stockman is here to guide you through the process of developing a tailor-made legal approach to resolving all your issues, and we will do so efficiently and with a smile. We consistently strategize winning solutions for a very satisfied global client list, and we likely have the answers to the questions you have been asking. Do not hesitate a moment longer, contact us today and tell us your story so we can help.
Aquapaw has filed a lawsuit targeting e-commerce sellers who offer consumer products on Wish, AliExpress, eBay, and mainly, Amazon. The lawsuit, brought by Ference & Associates, LLC claims that the collective defendants, located around the world, are working conspiratorially in concert to sell counterfeit Aquapaw products to customers throughout the United States. The case is No: 21-cv-01784 filed by Ference & Associates, LLC in the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Aquapaw is a company that manufactures innovative pet bathing tools and accessories, which are designed to streamline the process of bathing pets. Their most popular item is the Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool – a wearable spray-scrubber that attaches to a garden hose. Among their many products, Aquapaw also offers the very popular Aquapaw Slow Treater, a silicone licking device with suction cups, which is meant to incentivize dogs to enter and remain in the bathtub so that owners can clean their pet with ease. The brand has received the Best in Show award at the Global Pet Expo and appeared on the television show “Shark Tank,” and garnered media attention from the likes of PureWow, Good Housekeeping, PopSugar, and BuzzFeed.
As a Defendant named in the lawsuit filed by Ference & Associates, LLC on behalf of Aquapaw, we ask that you please understand that you are required to respond. While you may initially believe this is spam, it is most certainly not. We also assume that by this point, you are suffering from the effects of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) – an incredibly disruptive order that prohibits you from conducting business, and which bars you from accessing the funds across all of your e-commerce accounts. All of which is due to the alleged sale of knock-off Aquapaw Slow Treater products.
The Law Office of Travis J. Stockman is ready at the helm with the unique, specialized knowledge required to successfully reinstate you as an e-commerce seller! Consider us your greatest ally, for our combination of tenacity and passion is unrivaled, and our ability to negotiate favorable outcomes in cases just like this one is unmatched. Call us now!
Emoji Company GmbH has filed a lawsuit against a selection of online sellers utilizing Internet Stores and marketplace platforms such as Amazon, eBay and Etsy. The lawsuit claims that several e-commerce entities based in the People’s Republic of China and other foreign locales are purveying unlicensed, unauthorized, and/or counterfeit Emoji Company brand products to consumers in the United States. The case, No: 21-cv-2969, was filed by the law firm Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.
Founded in 2015, Emoji Company holds the exclusive rights to the registered emoji® trademark and is the creator/owner of one of the world’s largest libraries of icons designed for commercial use. The Emoji Company offers licensing of more than 15,000 icons for television, print, and online purposes, as well as unique icon-development services, for an elite list of clients, including Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Universal Music, Sony Pictures Animation, Nikon, Random House, and more.
DO NOT WORRY if you are one of the Defendants named in this lawsuit!
As one of the Defendants, you have already been issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), which no doubt feels like a roadblock to your daily course of business, as it has frozen your e-commerce accounts across digital platforms and/or related to your Internet Stores, and prevented you from conducting consumer sales. The TRO also affects any future sales revenue related to the claim described in the suit, and any other funds you may otherwise earn from the sales of products with brands totally distinct from the Emoji Company.
This disruption to your business can be solved quickly if you have the reasonable and sound advice of the appropriate legal counsel, which is where we come in!
The Law Office of Travis J. Stockman has an unfaltering passion for and knowledge of US intellectual property law, and we have resolved a large volume of cases on behalf of many high-profile clients, wherein we successfully argued against the same or similar claims as described in the Emoji Company lawsuit. Our experience, professionalism, and tenacity will enable you to reinstate your frozen and interrupted online seller accounts, and once again start making money.
We offer free consultations! Contact our firm via phone or email so that we can tailor a legal strategy specifically for your needs and get you results as soon as possible. Our firm specializes in getting industrious online sellers like you back on the marketplace, free and clear of lawsuits, so that you can continue to move forward on the path to financial success. Do the right thing and have the Law Office of Travis J. Stockman on your side!
Swarovski, represented by Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd., has filed a lawsuit against e-commerce sellers: Case No. 21-cv-00714.
Founded in 1895, Swarovski is a globally popular glass, jewelry, and accessories producer based in Austria. The company has an annual revenue of over $4 million and more than 3,000 retail stores across 170 countries. Many iconic celebrities have worn the brand’s jewelry, among them Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Penelope Cruz; and Swarovski pieces have been featured in a number of acclaimed films, such as Titanic, Black Swan, Moulin Rouge, and Beauty and the Beast.
If you are one of the Defendants named in the suit filed by Swarovski, then by now it is likely you have received a Temporary Restraining Order, which has resulted in frozen accounts and assets related to the sale of so-called “infringing and counterfeit” products manufactured with the company’s branding. Monies generated from the sale of products entirely unrelated to the company in question may also be tied up due to the Temporary Restraining Order. We understand how frustrating this kind of interruption to your business can be, and we want you to know there are solutions at hand.
Above all else, it is always in your best interest to respond. Providing an Answer to the lawsuit decreases the risk of you losing money by a long shot. In effect, issuing a response excludes you from the possibility of receiving a Default Judgment, which is something you definitely want to avoid at all costs. Simply put, a Default Judgment is a fancy term for a judgement issued by the court when a defendant has failed to appear or respond to the lawsuit. In these instances, liability is presumed and the court typically awards the plaintiff hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. This may be of particular importance if you and your business entity are based in China or another country outside of the United States as our legal system is difficult to navigate and extremely complicated.
The Law Office of Travis J. Stockman is eager to offer you the kind of effective guidance required to appropriately counteract any unproven claims made against you as an e-commerce seller. When major international companies worth billions of dollars leverage a complaint against an independent entrepreneur and small business operator like you, that’s where we come in! You need someone who can successfully resolve your case for you. We want to put the money you made and which you are owed back in your account just as enthusiastically as you do!
Call us for a free consultation. We can help.
Iron Maiden Holdings, Ltd. has filed a lawsuit against a group of online sellers who use platforms like Amazon, eBay, Wish, AliExpress, and Etsy. The suit claims that various e-commerce entities based in the People’s Republic of China and jurisdictions elsewhere are selling unauthorized, unlicensed, or counterfeit Iron Maiden branded products to consumers in the United States. The case, No: 1:21-CV-00631, was filed by AM Sullivan Law, LLC.
Iron Maiden is a Grammy-winning heavy metal band and one of the most famous and influential groups in the entire genre’s history. Throughout their nearly 50 years of activity on the international music scene, the group has recorded more than 70 albums and sold over 100 million copies across the world. Additionally, Iron Maiden has been ranked No. 3 on VH1 Classic’s “Top 20 Metal Bands,” No. 4 on MTV’s “Top 10 Greatest Heavy Metal Bands of All Time,” and No. 24 in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.”
If you are one of the Defendants named in this lawsuit, then you have likely already received a Temporary Restraining Order barring you from conducting sales and freezing the funds in your e-commerce accounts. The Temporary Restraining Order impacts potential revenue generated in relation to the claim specified in the suit, and the remainder of any capital you may potentially collect from sales of different products that are wholly unrelated to Iron Maiden. We understand your frustration and want you to know that this situation can be remedied with the right legal counsel on your side.
The Law Office of Travis J. Stockman has a deep knowledge of infringement laws, and we have won numerous cases involving allegations just like those put forth in the Iron Maiden Complaint. We have worked with many high profile clients to successfully reinstate their ability to collect disbursements interrupted by Temporary Restraining Orders, to seek dismissal from the litigation and have helped our clients overcome a broad array of accusations regarding intellectual property infringement.
Call us for a free and easy consultation. We know you will want to work with us because our firm has an unrivaled ability to develop unique legal strategies for hardworking online sellers just like you. We want to get you back on the e-commerce marketplace making the money you deserve as fast as you do!