MIAMI — The distributor for a German-based water pipe manufacturer has filed suit against a retailer for alleged trademark infringement.

Sream Inc. filed a complaint Sept. 16 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Mintz Inc. ,alleging that the retailer violated the Lanham Act by selling counterfeit products.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in August 2013, Sream Inc. has been the exclusive licensee of the RooR mark, a German company known for manufacturing glass water pipes. The plaintiff was granted enforcement rights to sue for infringement and claims the defendant  was found to be selling counterfeit products bearing the fake RooR trademark, which caused injury to the plaintiff's reputation and goodwill. 

The plaintiff holds Mintz Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly introduced counterfeit products in the stream of commerce, gained profit at the expense of plaintiff, caused confusion to consumers and aided in the promotion and sales of the unauthorized products.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant, awarding of damages, injunctive relief, attorney's fees and costs, and further relief as the court deems appropriate. It is represented by Jamie Alan Sasson of The Ticktin Law Group PLLC in Deerfield Beach.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida case number 2:16-cv-14406

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