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Hammond, IndianaNexus Staffing, Inc. (“Nexus Staffing”), the Plaintiff, claims Nexus Employment Solutions Plus of Indiana, Inc. (“Nexus Employment”), the Defendant, intentionally infringed its rights in U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,722,627 for the word “NEXUS” in connection with employment recruiting and professional staffing services. According to the Complaint, Nexus Staffing has used the NEXUS Mark in connection with staffing and employment services throughout the United States since at least 2005.

Nexus Staffing claims it sent a cease and desist letter to Nexus Employment in July 2018, but Nexus Employment took no action to cease its use of its allegedly confusingly similar name. Nexus Staffing further claims actual consumer confusion has occurred and is likely to continue if Nexus Employment continues using the NEXUS Mark. Based on the allegations, Nexus Staffing is seeking damages for intentional trademark infringement, false advertising, and cyberpiracy, all under the Lanham Act.

The case was assigned to District Judge Theresa L. Springmann and Magistrate Judge Joshua P. Kolar in the Northern District and assigned Case 2:20-cv-00166-TLS-JPK.

Indianapolis, Indiana – Attorneys for Plaintiff, Baby Merlin Company of Uwchland, Pennsylvania originally filed suit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging that Defendants, CribCulture, LLC of Indianapolis,BlogPhoto-300x78 Indiana and Isaiah Blackburn of Westfield, Indiana infringed its rights in the United States Trademark Registration Nos. 4,271,544, 3,486,179, and 5,006,620 (the “Registered Marks”) for marks including the MAGIC SLEEPSUIT. Since then, the case has been transferred to the Southern District of Indiana. Plaintiff is seeking punitive and monetary damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs.

Baby Merlin’s founder conceived of or invented the MAGIC SLEEPSUIT® (the “Sleepsuit”), a swaddle-transition-sleep-product, in 2002. The Sleepsuit helps babies from three months to nine months sleep better by keeping them cozy and secure while transitioning from a swaddle to traditional sleep clothing. A mother, also a pediatric physical therapist, designed and created the Sleepsuit at issue in this case for her own children. After success with her own babies, the Baby Merlin Company was created, and it began selling the Sleepsuit in 2008.

Plaintiff claims that in 2017, Defendants copied key features of the Sleepsuit and introduced a competing product while unlawfully using the Registered Marks or marks similar to the Registered Marks. In one example of misuse, Defendants used “Baby Merlin Sleep Suit” in a blog post on their website that included a link to Baby Merlin’s website. In another example of confusingly similar uses, Defendants uses the word “SLEEPSUIT” on their packaging using a larger font for that word than any other word on the package. Further, Baby Merlin claims Defendants have used a variety of false and misleading statements about their product and Baby Merlin’s products in their advertising.

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