FORT LAUDERDALE – An Italian company that manufactures flooring adhesives is suing Laticrete International in a dispute over the unauthorized use of its trademarked logo.

Mapei SPA filed a lawsuit Dec. 29, 2015, in U.S. District Court for Fort Lauderdale Division of the Southern District of Florida against Laticrete International Inc., alleging trademark infringement.

According to the complaint, Laticrete began placing Mapei’s logo on its pallets, cases and individual product packaging, at least as early as Sept. 26, 2015, misrepresenting its products as if they were made by Mapei. The plaintiff claims Laticrete uses the stolen logo in a prominent fashion on grout color kits and other products, giving the impression that they are the same product.

Mapei seeks a restraining order to stop the trademark’s unauthorized use, plus damages to be determined at trial. It is represented by attorney Frank Herrera of H New Media Law in Wellington and pro hac vice counsel Jess M. Collen and Thomas P. Gulick of Collen IP in Ossining, New York.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 0:15-cv-62701

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