In an unsurprising decision, the Supreme Court of the United States chose not to hear the case appealing the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals' decision regarding the trademark dispute between Chinese clothing seller HANWJH and the National Basketball Association.
According to the complaint filed by the NBA, the defendant was selling 41 allegedly infringing basketball shorts, which included the NBA's trademarks.
HANWJH argued the court should dismiss the lawsuit because the federal court lacked personal jurisdiction over the dispute with the Chinese entity. However, the judge disagreed and entered a final judgment against the Chinese company. HANWJH appealed to the Seventh Circuit, but since the NBA established that the Chinese company shipped to customers in Illinois, the three-judge panel affirmed the lower court's judgement. Now, with SCOTUS's decision to not take the case as the final nail in the coffin, the original ruling stands.
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