click image to zoom GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Office furniture and equipment manufacturer Herman Miller has negotiated a ban that will keep Toronto-based rival Nuevo Americana from selling products that closely resemble Herman Miller's famed Eames furniture line in the U.S.
The settlement was reached this week by the companies and Herman Miller's copyright infringement lawsuit against Nuevo Americana in the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, Mich. The agreement was signed this week by Chief Judge Paul L. Maloney.
Herman Miller accused Nuevo Americana of causing “consumer confusion” through its sale of Eames look-alike office furniture, specifically the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Eames Aluminum Group and Eames Soft Pad chairs in the lawsuit. The Nuevo products that prompted the lawsuit are produced and promoted under the Sonoma, Churchill, Vesper and Soprano names.
Herman Miller had originally sought an injunction to stop Nuevo Americana from permanently manufacturing and selling the “counterfeit” furniture products, and to have all remaining inventory and related promotional materials destroyed, but Nuevo Americana would only agree to not promote or sell the products in the U.S. or on websites that can be accessed in the nation under the proposed agreement.