Century Furniture has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart, Costco Wholesale, and their suppliers Accent Furniture and United Stationers, alleging the big box retailers sold furniture under the Century brand name, infringing on its trademark.

The lawsuit, filed May 6 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, names United Stationers, a supplier of chairs to Walmart and Costco, and Accent Furniture, a supplier of bedroom furniture to Costco.

In the filing, Century claims that Costco used its trademark to sell a bedroom and office chair.
"Century is a leading producer of high-quality case goods and upholstered
furniture," sates the filing. "Century’s long-standing commitment to design leadership, quality, and detail
has led the Century brand to evolve into one of the most revered names in the home
furnishings industry."

Century also alleges that Wal-Mart and Sam's Club used the Century trademark to sell chairs, offering in evidence website screen captures in its complaints, as well as its original trademark filing. Costco and Walmart purportedly used the Century name on their respective Web sites. The lawsuit, which does not specify damages, seeks a jury trial in pursuing damages.

Read the Century Furniture lawsuit filing against Costco, Wal-Mart et.al.>>

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