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Emeco Files Preliminary Injuction against Restoration Hardware

Emeco Files Preliminary Injuction against Restoration Hardware

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Emeco Industries, Inc. has filed for a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court here, seeking a range of remedies, including blocking Restoration Hardware from “manufacturing, marketing, advertising, and selling” its cheap knockoffs of Emeco’s iconic “Navy Chair®” collection.

Emeco Industries, Inc. has filed for a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court here, seeking a range of remedies, including blocking Restoration Hardware from “manufacturing, marketing, advertising, and selling” its cheap knockoffs of Emeco’s iconic “Navy Chair®” collection.

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEEMECO FILES FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST RESTORATION HARDWAREMaker of the Iconic “Navy Chair®” Takes Further Legal Action asThe New York Times Highlights Efforts to Protect “The Core of Emeco’s Business.”SAN FRANCISCO—OCT. 11—Emeco Industries, Inc. has filed for a preliminary injunction in U.S.District Court here, seeking a range of remedies, including blocking Restoration Hardware from“manufacturing, marketing, advertising, and selling” its cheap knockoffs of Emeco’s iconic “NavyChair®” collection.“We’re not going to stand by while Restoration Hardware steals our brand and trades on ourreputation by selling an inferior product,” said Emeco CEO Gregg Buchbinder. “It’s important forAmerican companies to stand up for craftsmanship, quality and jobs. We not only want to stopRestoration Hardware but prevent others from doing similar damage to our economy.”Unlike Restoration Hardware’s foreign-made knockoffs, Emeco’s Navy Chair® is hand made by 54craftspeople in Hanover, Pennsylvania, through a 77-step process. The company works with topdesigners and uses recycled waste to make high-quality, sustainable products. The Navy Chair®which is sold in 48 countries, is built to last 150 years.The latest legal action comes at the same time asThe New York Timespublished an article aboutthe company’s efforts to protect the world-renowned “Navy Chair®”, which the newspaper said “isat the core of Emeco’s business.” In the article,“Once Again, Seeing Double,”writer Julie Laskyquoted Buchbinder as saying: “The Navy chair is what we center everything around. It’s the heritageof our company.” Emeco’s CEO later added: “If I don’t fight, it kills the company.The motion, tentatively set for a hearing on Nov. 16, follows a federal lawsuit filed Oct. 1 againstRestoration Hardware and its former CEO and present “Creator and Curator” Gary Friedman. Thecomplaint alleges that the giant home furnishing retailer has engaged in “willful and flagrantinfringement” of Emeco’s trade dress and trademark rights for its world-renowned Navy Chair® byselling a series of cheap knockoffs with the near-identical “Naval Chair” name.In seeking the injunction, Emeco argues that Restoration Hardware’s actions “will continue tocause irreparable harm to Emeco’s reputation” unless the court intervenes. Emeco alleges that theknockoffs are a product of “willful, intentional conduct that is part of Restoration Hardware’sestablished practice of using others’ designs and trademarks for financial gain.”The motion points out that Restoration Hardware has been the focus of a half-dozen copying andinfringement actions over the last decade, and cites a newspaper article in which the company isreferred to as “Replication Hardware.’”

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