Nike left a match against the Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard this week and escalated an ongoing legal dispute with his previous endorser of ownership of a logo once used in his marketing campaigns.
The sports clothing giant's counterpart, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, admitted that Leonard provided a logo design during his partnership with the subsidiary Jordan Brand. However, Nike rejected the claim that Leonard's design was the same logo that was later used in their product offerings.
"In this action, Kawhi Leonard tries to rewrite the story by claiming that he created the Claw Design logo, but it was not Leonard who created that logo," said the counterpart, ESPN said. "Claw Design" was created by a talented team of NIKE designers, whom Leonard himself has previously acknowledged. "
Nike claims that Leonard violated the terms of his contract with the company by using the logo on non-Nike clothing without the company's permission. The company sues Leonard for damages and legal fees and has requested the court to wear the NBA star from using The "Klaw" logo in the future.
Leonard began accusing Nike in June for designing the logo in 201
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Leonard is seeking a court order that would establish him as the logo's original designer and owner, currently having a New Balance approval agreement.
Nike has refused to comment on the legal proceedings.