NEW ORLEANS – An Orleans Parish company is suing rival Greensource Brand Apparel, claiming the company violated the trademarked look and logo of its clothes.

Citizen NOLA LLC filed a lawsuit Jan. 22 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Greensource Brand Apparel Inc., alleging trademark infringement, unjust enrichment and other counts.

According to the complaint, Citizen NOLA markets apparel and miscellaneous household goods bearing its trademarked taglines. One of its registered trademarked lines for the 2013 and 2014 Mardi Gras season, “I Like Big Beads and I Cannot Lie,” which is placed on some merchandise it sells, was allegedly copied onto the defendant’s apparel and is being sold around New Orleans. The plaintiff claims this misuse of its tagline will damage business.

The plaintiff seeks a jury trial, injunctive relief and damages in an amount to be determined at trial. It is represented by attorneys Brad E. Harrigan and Erin R. Rosenberg of Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, and by Krystena L. Harper of the Harper Law Firm, all of New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-00551

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