Eric Church has filed a lawsuit against vendors who are allegedly selling knock off merchandise, reports the Nashville Business Journal. Various defendants are charged with traveling from show to show to sell the merchandise and “quickly hide or discard infringing goods and walk or run away,” when approached by Eric’s team.
Among the items being sold are black t-shirts with Eric’s image and his Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour dates. Goods have been sold at shows in Tennessee, Arkansas and Virginia according to the suit, which names James Ellis Smith, Kenneth Hargrove, James B. Sweet, Steven Williams, various Jane and John Does and various XYZ corporations as defendants.
According to documents filed in U.S District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee “without a federal court order authorizing the seizure of infringing goods at and near … 2012 tour concert locations, (Church) will lose innumerable and irrecoverable sums in merchandise sales and will suffer incalculable, irreparable damage to his reputation and goodwill.”
Eric is seeking judgment for both compensatory and punitive damages. He is also seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting the manufacturing, marketing and sale of counterfeit merchandise.